5 Minutes for Books — Any Day with Hair is a Good Hair Day

by Jennifer Donovan

Have you been thinking pink this month? In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I’ve gone pink in my purchasing from bagels to kitchen sponges to potholders. So many companies have created special products or packaging to show their support of breast cancer research in the month of October. But when the month ends later this week, there will be many men and women who are still fighting cancer.

Michelle Rapkin has written a great book called Any Day with Hair is a Good Hair Day. The subtitle further explains the book: How to get through cancer and get on with your life (Trust me, I’ve been there).

I personally have not been there, but Ms. Rapkin’s book would help someone undergoing treatment (and though it’s from a woman’s perspective, the book would be useful to a man as well). She addresses issues with realistic expectations and advice, tehair-day.jpgmpered with a bit of humor:

  • how and why to let people help
  • dealing with visitors
  • coping with weight gain or weight loss
  • helps for getting through treatment
  • pain management
  • interacting with the doctors
  • Planet Cancer vs. Earth
  • letting yourself off the hook
  • and of course–the hair issue

We have a copy from the publisher to give away. This would be a great book to read if you have a close friend or family member currently battling cancer, but I would really like this book to go to at a reader who really needs it, or has a friend who does, so if that’s the case, let me know in the comments.

This contest is linked to Bloggy Giveaways Fall Y’all Giveaway. Click over for more giveaways all over the blogosphere!

The winners of last week’s books are:

Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia:

#48 Suzanne, #2 Erin Read, #33 Christy, #54 Wendy, #83 Lib

The Dead Whisper On by T.L. Hines

#13 Jenn in AZ

If you didn’t win, but want to buy, you can show your support by purchasing through the links.

Email Author    |    Website About Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dawn F October 29, 2007 at 9:10 am

My husband died of cancer. Would like to read this one.


2 Laura October 29, 2007 at 9:42 am

I’d love to win this. My mom is a 27 year breast cancer survivor.

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3 Shannon **Gabi's Mom** October 29, 2007 at 11:21 am

Count me in, my dad is a colon cancer survivor.


4 Jennifer B. October 29, 2007 at 12:02 pm

That would really comfort my grandmother who is currently battling breast cancer.


5 Trina October 29, 2007 at 1:08 pm

I know just the person who would be blessed by this book.


6 Annabelle (Christian Momma) October 29, 2007 at 1:24 pm

I would love to win this for my aunt!


7 Jolene October 29, 2007 at 5:15 pm

I currently live with cancer and would love to read some of the subjects addressed in this book.


8 scarlett October 29, 2007 at 6:35 pm

Ohh I’d love to enter! I have cancer and I love to read books about dealing with it


9 peppylady October 29, 2007 at 7:00 pm

I heard this was a good book


10 Eden October 29, 2007 at 7:05 pm

Great giveaway! My Granny is a breast cancer survivor! Please count me in! I’m doing a giveaway over at my place. Hope you stop by.


11 PEA October 29, 2007 at 8:48 pm

Oooh what a wonderful giveaway, please add my name to your draw:-) xox


12 Jill October 29, 2007 at 9:31 pm

I do have a friend that is suffering from cancer right now. Thanks for the giveaway.


13 Jennifer October 29, 2007 at 9:46 pm

Count me in! I lost my dad to cancer last year and my grandmother in 1996. I have many friends & family who have been affected by cancer and volunteer quite a bit with the American Cancer Society. This is a cause that is near & dear to my heart. I would love to win & pass this book on to someone who is battling cancer! Good luck everyone!

Happy Monday!

Jennifer :-)


14 Elaine H October 29, 2007 at 10:46 pm

Thanks for the drawing. My grandmother died of breat cancer when she was only 45.


15 Bella October 29, 2007 at 11:32 pm

My mother is a breast cancer survivor & my father has Stage4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma …. my whole family could read this book

I need to go look this one up on Amazon.


16 jen October 30, 2007 at 12:52 am

please put me in the draw


17 Christy October 30, 2007 at 4:06 am

sounds like a great book


18 Barbara October 30, 2007 at 8:44 am

I never got to meet my father-in-law since he died of esophageal cancer before I met my husband. I also have a good friend who defeated breast cancer, so this book would be very good to read and then give to her.


19 Linda SS October 30, 2007 at 12:50 pm

I have been fighting cancer for almost 5 years – thanks for a chance to win:)


20 Angela October 30, 2007 at 2:42 pm

I know just who to give this to.


21 Cecelia October 30, 2007 at 8:23 pm

Please count me in !


22 Emily October 30, 2007 at 8:57 pm

I would love it!


23 Julie Sivley October 30, 2007 at 9:32 pm

Somedays are just like that! Enter me please!


24 Christi October 30, 2007 at 9:34 pm

Looks like an informative read! Thanks!


25 Shannon October 30, 2007 at 10:48 pm

oh I love this giveaway!



26 annie ives October 31, 2007 at 8:58 pm



27 Amy October 31, 2007 at 9:18 pm

My mother-in-law is currently going through chemo after having a double mastectomy w/ breast cancer. In the next couple months, she will start her radiation and follow up with more chemo. I would love to be able to give her a copy of this book. She is a strong woman and we in turn have fed off and grown from her strength during this battle. Please enter me…


28 Jennifer Barr November 1, 2007 at 9:40 pm

cool :)


29 heather November 1, 2007 at 10:49 pm

I would love this.


30 Pamela White November 2, 2007 at 3:29 pm

I would love to read this book as breast cancer runs in my husband’s family.


31 Bobbye Fussell November 3, 2007 at 9:45 pm

Enter me please


32 Linda SS November 5, 2007 at 12:08 pm

I’ve been battling cancer for 4 years and would enjoy reading this book:)


33 s August 17, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Hi, would love to get this book. A close friend found out she had cancer when she was 6 months pregnant with her 4th child. She just felt something was not right. She had to induce early delivery of the baby (which luckily survived) and immediately undergo further scans only to find out that she had stage 4 breast cancer which had already spread to her bones. Apparently the pregnancy hormones really speed up the spread of cancer. She has had 4 kids in 4 years and is only 30 yrs old!


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