Note from Vera: Some of you may already know, but I guess this is my official “coming out” – I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April (at a ripe old age of 28) and am currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments (and I sometimes check blog comments from my chemo chair). It’s Just Hair really hit home with me and I wanted to include my note with this particular review. I really appreciate everyone’s support during this time and running this blog, and interacting with all of you, has definitely helped me to keep my life semi-normal and to stay positive.

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

It’s Just Hair is a testament to the tenacity of cancer survivors across the nation. Judith Pearson sees herself as divided in two – with a “Watcher Me” and the “Cancer Me” living in the same body. Her attitude develops from one of learning to accept her life as it unfolded to triumphing over her cancer to improve the quality of her life.

Judith shares her journey from the very beginning, and includes her reaction and the reaction of her family to her cancer diagnosis. Her sons show support and encouragement at a time when she needs them the most. It’s Just Hair is essentially a step by step guide on how to manage feelings and build support if the reader goes through a similar diagnosis – or is interested in assisting someone else in the same situation. Each chapter is a life lesson, and they highlight the virtues, changes, development, maturity, actions, experiences, productivity, barriers and attitude shifts a cancer patient goes through on the road to a full recovery.

The book ends with some positive advice for capitalizing on new beginnings. It is a book of courage and hope and will inspire anyone facing formidable odds or an unpleasant medical diagnosis.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Judith Pearson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.