Mastectomy: From Devastation to Resilience

The Stories of Seven Young Mothers in their Own Words

by Patricia K. Morgan, Ph.D.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 15/10/2009

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 368
ISBN : 9781449033439
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 368
ISBN : 9781449033422

About the Book

MASTECTOMY was written to husbands, family members, friends, associates, and medical professionals who care deeply about women living through and after the devastation of mastectomy.  Seven young mothers openly disclose personal information about their bodies, their sexual behaviors, and their innermost hopes and fears.  You will be amazed at how these women struggled to regain a sense of autonomy after realizing that they were no longer in control of their own bodies. 

A common thread weaves through all of the stories – these courageous women willed to live a full life despite their ordeals.  By reading their stories about how they took charge of their lives and journeyed from devastation to resilience, I know you will be better prepared for the mastectomy experience as a patient, a doctor, a caregiver, a friend, or a family member.

As you read about life after breast cancer, you will realize the need to listen to their fears, concerns, and discussions of their options.  Above all, they need to know that you are there with them.  A line from an old movie goes something like this: “Do you know what was worse than going to the dark side of the moon?  It was going there alone.”  When confronted with the devastating discovery of breast cancer, every woman needs information about her options.  But even more, she needs to hear: “You are no less a woman.  You are not in this alone — I am here with you.”

The book illuminates the world of mastectomy patients through their innermost thoughts, allowing the reader to feel their devastation and marvel at the ways they created resilience.  

About the Author

Dr. Patricia K. Morgan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Clarion Pennsylvania.  Upon completing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Dr. Morgan taught psychology classes at Clarion University and then worked as lead therapist in the Family-based program at Northwest Human Development in Warren, Pennsylvania.  She opened her practice in 2006.


Patricia started college part-time the same year that her son Jeff started first grade.  After earning college degrees in business and psychology and a master’s degree in education, she worked as a trainer and consultant in areas related to communication skills, leadership training, and quality circles.  Her contributions were recognized by being listed in Who’s Who of American Women – 1983-1984 and Who’s Who in the World – 1984-1985.


Dr. Morgan attended graduate school at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she was awarded her Ph.D. in clinical psychology.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, and the International Positive Psychology Association.  In addition to five college degrees, she is certified as a Parent Effectiveness Instructor, an Anger Management Facilitator, a Hypnotherapist, and an Executive Coach.  You can visit her website at  She can be contacted by email at