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Chemosabee Breast Cancer BookCHEMOSABEE
A Triathlete’s Journey Through the First Year of Breast Cancer

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.  Nancy Reinisch became a statistic at 53 when a lump in her breast was diagnosed as invasive breast cancer. Chemosabee is the story of her writings, photos, and special words of wisdom from friends and family as she candidly shares her battle to maintain her health, fitness, and humor throughout her treatments. As readers, we are privileged to peak into the window of the ups and downs of living with breast cancer. Nancy uses her psychotherapy skills and coaching tips to work through the physical and emotional road blocks that surfaced during her year of chemotherapy, surgery, bilateral mastectomies, reconstructive surgery, and a BRCA 2 diagnosis. Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer will find this book helpful in its use of triathlon as a metaphor for coping with cancer. Nancy’s style is both inspirational and informational. She doesn’t preach how to get through cancer she simply describes in a honest and straightforward manner what worked for her during her journey. In addition, Nancy includes a photo gallery of surgical images not generally found in cancer help books. She published these personal photos to help women make the many difficult decisions necessary during breast cancer diagnosis.

 At one particularly low point in her cancer treatment, Reinisch playfully put on boxing gloves and her husband dubbed her “Chemosabee . . . fly weight champion of the world!” Courage and humor in the face of adversity became themes in her 12-round, 12-month fight for the coveted title “Cancer Survivor.”  Her candid story and photographs will be empowering to anyone coming off the ropes to fight cancer.


Carolyn M. Kaelin, MD, MPH,                                                                                                                             
Author of Living Through Breast Cancer and The Breast Cancer Survivor’s Fitness Plan, founding Director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

“In Chemosabee, Colorado triathlete Nancy Reinisch chronicles the upended year that followed her diagnosis with breast cancer. Knocked down—but never out—by the one-two punch of hard news and life-saving treatments, Nancy brought humor, energy, and tenacity taught by years of training for triathlons to her recovery. As a breast cancer surgeon and survivor, I know exercise lessens the likelihood of cancer recurrence, revitalizes lives, and helps people reclaim a sense of self. Whether you blaze along on good days as Nancy does or move at a more sedate pace, Chemosabee serves up inspiration for the road ahead.”


Nicole DeBoom                                                                                                                                                           
Ironman Champion, Professional Triathlete, Founder and CEO SkirtSports Inc.
You have the choice to approach your challenges with strength and courage, or despair and hopelessness. You can’t always choose what happens to you. In Nancy’s case she did not choose breast cancer, but she did choose how to deal with it. And her philosophy, like mine, looks toward turning the worst of situations into manageable steps.”


Charles R. Salmen
Rhodes Scholar, MPhil Graduate Medical Anthropology
Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford, England                                                        

“This cancer story is not about disease. Chemosabee is a triumph of health.  This story is not about a battle in which health was lost and then regained; rather, it is a detailed chronicle that illustrates the potential to embrace health through the very depths of serious illness”.                                            

Teamo Chemo at the Boulder Peak Triathlon 2006

Coach Nancy and Roaring Fork Women's Tri Team at Tri For the Cure 2006


National Indie Excellence Award Finalist

“Chemosabee:  A Triathlete’s Journey Through the First Year of Breast Cancerwas honored as a National Book Award Finalist at the National Indie Excellence Awards.
NIEA is pleased to announce that author Nancy Reinisch’s memoir “Chemosabee” was honored as a finalist in the Women’s Issues category of the  2009 National Indie Excellence Awards on Saturday, May 9, 2009

The National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) are designed to bring recognition to titles from independent publishers. The respected and prestigious awards program celebrates excellence in independent publishing. The competition is judged by an independent panel of experts from all aspects –editing, marketing, publicity, and design –of the publishing industry.

Founder Ellen Reid, a strong proponent of independent publishing, believes it is essential for smaller publishers and authors to have a platform to receive well-deserved recognition.

“The Indie Excellence Awards reviews thousands of new books from independent publishers across the USA,” Reid said. Awards are granted in over 80 fiction and nonfiction categories. For complete results see The National Indie Excellence Awards Winners and Finalists.


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