Breast Cancer Authority Bestseller Book Review & Giveaway – Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide

Holly Bertone's Survival GuideBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide – About The Book

Holly Bertone was diagnosed with breast cancer on her 39th birthday, and was engaged two days later. In 48 hours, those eight magic words, “You have breast cancer,” and “Will you marry me?” converged to change her life forever. Follow Holly’s year-long journey from diagnosis and engagement to being sick and bald on her wedding day. This is Holly’s story as she battles breast cancer and struggles with overcoming the subsequent self-esteem issues. The writing is raw – you will get an uncensored view of breast cancer treatment and what it’s really like. She uses humor and laughter to redefine beauty as she loses part of her breast, all of her hair, and is launched into early menopause. With pop culture references and her quirky sense of humor, Holly’s heartwarming story of love and strength is encouragement for all women going through cancer treatment. A percentage of sales will go to Holly’s favorite breast cancer charities.

Holly Bertone AuthorBook Review

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I used to work with Holly and had no idea that she had cancer. This book just reinforced how much respect and admiration I have for her. She is a brave and remarkable woman.This book also made me count my blessings. During the course of living our lives we get caught up in what we don’t have and forget all that we have been blessed with. I recommend this book to any woman who is facing a difficult challenge. I loved the humor Holly used to make the best of a very difficult situation. This book made me laugh, cry, and start appreciating and living life to the fullest. Tina Turner

About the Author

Holly Bertone is originally from Waynesboro, PA. She holds a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Elizabethtown College, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). Holly is the CEO and President of Pink Fortitude, LLC, a company dedicated to promoting inspiration and positive self-esteem to cancer survivors and ALL women. Holly has published several books, including the heartwarming “Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide – My Journey from Diagnosis to ‘I Do’.”

Personal Breast Cancer Story

I found the lump on my own and by accident.  I went immediately to my primary doctor, which started the process of a mammogram, biopsy, MRI, and numerous other tests.  I was healthy and had no risk factors or family history and was diagnosed with breast cancer on my 39th birthday. I was ER/PR positive, HER2 negative. I had a lumpectomy on my right breast. The artist formerly known as the tumor was 1.3 cm. I had four rounds of chemo – taxotere and cytoxin. I had 36 radiation sessions. I’m on 5 years of tamoxifen. I have three amazing doctors: a surgeon, a medical oncologist, and a radiation oncologist.  Plus numerous specialists.

My last treatment was on March 21, 2011 and our wedding was 10 days later on March 31, 2011.  I’m still recovering, both inside and out.

Book Giveaway Details

Like Holly Bertone’s book? You can have one, too!  Holly has generously agreed to give away a Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide My Journey From Diagnosis to “I Do.” book, a ($9.95 value) to one lucky reader.  All you have to do is leave a comment below with your email address so we may notify the winner of our Breast Cancer Authority Bestseller Giveaway.  We will randomly select a commenter to receive one book, signed by the author.We will announce the winner on the Breast Cancer Authority Blog and on our Breast Cancer Yoga Facebook page.

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  1. We are ready to pick the winner of Breast Cancer Authority Blog Bestseller by Holly Bertone. Winner will be announce Saturday September 27, 2014.


  2. Arlene Radford says:

    There is so much more to deal with and heal from than anyone tells you when you get that awful diagnosis. It is comforting to hear about how other survivors get through it. Being a member of the pink club, while I wish I wasn’t, is a wonderful, amazing experience. 13 years from the first time I heard those words and 1 year from the second time. I am trying to make sense of it all! Holly, thank you for honestly sharing your journey. I look forward to reading your story.


  3. hollybertone says:

    Hi Pamela – Thank you for your kind, kind words. Hugs and Namaste, Holly


  4. Thank you for sharing such an intimate part of your journey. You are an inspiration to me, my students, and all beings. Much appreciation. Namaste, Pamela


  5. ogdenkruger says:

    i would love to use your book in the yoga classes i teach for breast cancer survivors…for the story, for inspiration and to share with women as something they can get and read and share! Blessings to you! Ogden


  6. thanks for the article…i would love to get a copy of your book…i teach yoga to survivors and would love more inspiration, and stories to share with my students and books to encourage them to read….blessings to you! Ogden


  7. Your words echo my journey of discovery, going strong.


  8. Cindy Whalen says:

    I offer a Gentle Yoga Therapy class for $5.00 to Cancer Patients, Survivors and Caregivers twice a week. I am a certified yoga instructor, registered with Yoga Alliance.
    I thought that I would leave a comment and if you did happen to choose me, I would read a little bit if the book to my students each week during our yoga practice. Namaste, Cindy


  9. I’d love this book!!


  10. Niraja Golightly says:

    I am so happy to see many more people honestly sharing their cancer journeys of all varieties and types. We are all on a unique path yet we have so much in common. Would love to have her book, read it, and then pass it on to my other breast cancer sisters. Thanks, Niraja Golightly Stage 4 breast cancer survivor (and so much more!) ❤


  11. Would love to win this book


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