My book-writing journey was jump-started by a breast cancer scare of my very own. Three months of my life were blown off course by a myriad of diagnostic tests and conflicting opinions, all triggered by an abnormality on a routine mammogram. I certainly experienced a good deal of apprehension and uncertainty, but from the time my ordeal began until the moment it ended, the overriding feeling I had was that I was incredibly fortunate because I knew how to be a clever and effective medical advocate for myself. I knew how to ask important questions, find the right doctors, and make informed choices. An unnecessary surgical procedure was avoided because I did more than simply follow one doctor’s recommendations. Rather than allow myself to be buffeted about in choppy medical waters, I managed to remain steady at the helm. I was able to transform what could have been an impossible medical maze into a clear pathway.