Dr. Susan Love, MD, President and Medical Director of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book

“This book answers the question every woman with breast cancer asks their doctor: ‘What would you do if it were you?’ Marla shows us that even doctors have to struggle with the limitations in our knowledge. Her story is informative, touching and even funny. A …

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—Valerie Pringle

“Marla’s book is raw and painful and honest. She exposes everything about herself and, in doing so, tells a remarkable personal story with the ring of truth. They say whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Marla couldn’t be stronger or more driven but cancer …

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—Andy Barrie, CBC Radio

“Marla Shapiro makes it clear that she’s been blessed by an extraordinarily successful medical career. But, as a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient, ‘being a doctor’ she tells us, ‘is a curse.’ She knows too well what’s wrong, knows that there’s so many more than one way to try to make things right. She learns that no matter how well informed, well connected or well off you are, there are no exemptions from the terrors of battling a serious illness. Anybody contending with cancer will feel less lonely with her words next to them. But the people who will most need to read this book are the galaxy of friends, family, co-workers and doctors who surround all cancer patients

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—Hana Gartner

“An unsentimental insight into survival and resilience. Marla Shapiro generously shares some pretty tough life lessons from her defiant and single-minded battle with breast cancer. She permits us to see the driven, overachieving physician become a driven, overachieving patient. But she does it with humour, …

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—Dr. Robert Buckman

“In Life in the Balance: My Journey with Breast Cancer, Dr Marla Shapiro sensitively and perceptively describes the double pressures (and more!) of being a breast cancer patient as well as being a physician — and Canada’s most well-known and much admired doctor at that. A …

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—Rose Reisman

“Life in the Balance is a book I couldn’t put down and that surprised me. I didn’t expect an eloquent, almost light-hearted account of life with breast cancer. Marla is to be applauded for her poignant and straightforward account of her battle. It brought out every …

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