Friday, October 3, 2008

Life is Good

www.leichic.comCrowds swarming at the new Whole Foods. Your boyfriend’s dirty clothes piled around your bedroom. A new ding in your new car.

Of all the things you sweat each day, none compare to what happened to Gail Konop Baker right before Valentine’s Day. At age 46 she was living a good life – exercising, eating organic, helping her kids navigate school, managing normal bumps in marriage and friendships – and then at a her annual mammogram she heard something every woman dreads: “I think we should biopsy.”

Her resulting struggle with breast cancer is detailed in her new memoir “Cancer is a Bitch.” Never a sob story or victim’s portrait, the book chronicles a real woman’s frank coping process. Like considering a radical mastectomy before ironically crossing centerfold off her list of choices. Or fearing what she’d miss after death (and how her yoga teacher would be perfect for her husband), then noting the upside – becoming a medically sanctioned pothead.

Unflinchingly intimate, never whiney, often hilarious and always authentic, Gail’s story is also frighteningly relevant to us all. By revealing how she brought her life back into balance, she makes it seem less scary and a little more bearable.

And all the small stuff so not worth sweating.

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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