Pale Girl Speaks A Year Uncovered

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-09-25
  • Publisher: Seal Press

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Hillary Fogelson led a charmed life: as the young wife of a successful Hollywood executive, her only major concerns were her acting auditions, interior decorating, and unexpected visits from her high-maintenance parents. Then, one day, her doctor told her she had malignant melanoma—a cancer that leads to more deaths for women between the age of 25 and 30 than any other—and her life was forever changed. Pale Girl Speaks is the darkly funny story of Fogelson’s neuroses and struggles after her diagnosis with melanoma. In her witty, wisecracking narrative, Fogelson recounts how her battle with cancer brings up other issues in her life that she’s been ignoring, especially her anxieties about her relationship with her husband, her friends, and her parents. The apprehension she feels soon manifests itself in more concrete ways—panic attacks, heavy reliance on alcohol, and a compulsive need to constantly check in with her doctor—but when her father discovers that he has melanoma as well, Fogelson has to learn to lead by example and let go of her fear. A story that will appeal to anyone who has faced adversity and lived to tell jokes about it, Pale Girl Speaks is about one woman who experienced the worst possible fallout of being fair-skinned—and survived with her sense of humor intact.

Author Biography

Hillary Fogelson is a writer, blogger, tweeter, melanoma survivor, sun protection activist and sunscreen guru. She works to spread the word about sun protection on her website and on Twitter (@palegirlspeaks). A graduate of NYU, she lives in the shadows of the Hollywood sign with her husband, two daughters, and dog Alvin.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
And So It Beganp. 9
What Dreams May Comep. 18
The Sweet Smell of… Hospitalsp. 19
Operation "Cancer Removal"p. 24
Let the Healing Beginp. 34
Baby Stepsp. 36
Bad Dayp. 37
Heads Up … Checkupp. 41
On My Ownp. 44
Nice Talkin' to Yap. 46
My Savior, My Dermatologistp. 47
Sun Protection Factorp. 53
And So It Beginsp. 55
Life Goes Onp. 57
Mellaryp. 58
Now What?p. 61
Doc Hollywoodp. 62
A First Stepp. 67
The "In My Uterus" Devicep. 70
The Fine Printp. 74
The Shrinkp. 75
N.E.Dp. 82
One Big Cookiep. 93
Worst-case Scenariop. 98
Newsp. 102
The Sun'll Come Out… Tomorrowp. 109
Tadpole Babyp. 111
The Way Things Workp. 114
The Waiting Gamep. 119
Left to Losep. 126
Good Gamep. 129
Cakep. 136
Can't Hurtp. 139
Battle Cryp. 140
Stitchesp. 144
September 11p. 145
Why I Hate Fridaysp. 147
Weekend Funp. 152
The Craziestp. 153
No News Is Bad Newsp. 155
St. John's Hospital (a.k.a. My Club)p. 159
My Really Big Pupilsp. 170
First Day of Schoolp. 178
No … What?p. 184
Giving the Fingerp. 188
The Day of the Birthp. 191
The One-Day Itchp. 199
Competitive Waitingp. 200
A Positive Appearance … Centerp. 204
Dr. Bach's Blue Threadp. 209
Making Myself Sickp. 212
Trying and Not Tryingp. 217
Very Officialp. 223
The Instigatorp. 226
A Taste of the Big Applep. 232
The Parents Are Coming! The Parents Are Coming!p. 234
The Trialp. 240
The Positive Appearance Center and Rose's Hairp. 246
Dinner At Eightp. 249
… Tomorrowp. 251
The Shakesp. 253
On the Rocksp. 256
The Big Day and Car Troublep. 259
And Then There Was Lightp. 269
Just the Two of Usp. 272
A Rose by Any Other Namep. 280
Nothing Left to Stand Onp. 284
Pen and Inkp. 287
Positive Appearance Center: Free at Lastp. 291
Being "Brave"p. 297
Enough Saidp. 301
2010p. 315
Author's Notep. 319
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