Life in the Balance is Dr. Shapiro’s intimate, inspiring and often surprising account of her battle with breast cancer, from the shock of the initial diagnosis to multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and her agonizing decision to have both breasts removed, followed by reconstructive surgery and recovery. She candidly recounts her struggle going from the woman who routinely delivered all the seemingly right answers to her patients and her family, to the woman who quickly discovered that there were no right answers when it came to her own life-altering decisions. A story infused with emotion, humour, family support and Dr. Shapiro’s unwavering passion to learn—and teach—this is a book for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer or who knows someone who has.
Dr. Marla Shapiro is a renowned family physician, an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, a medical consultant for CTV National News, and the host of Balance: Television for Living Well. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the North American Menopause Society’s Media Award, the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Award of Excellence, and Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada/Canadian Foundation for Women's Health Award for Excellence in Women's Health Reporting.