Book Review: “Sexy After Cancer – Meeting Your Inner Aphrodite on the Breast Cancer Journey”


In an earlier post, I asked, “How can you talk about survivorship without talking about sex? More importantly, how can you talk about celebrating an inspired survivorship without talking about sex?” My answer to both questions is: You can’t.

That’s what I like about Sexy After Cancer – Meeting Your Inner Aphrodite on the Breast Cancer Journey. Author Barbara Musser has no fear when it comes to talking about sex and sexuality.

With stunning frankness, Musser takes us through her personal breast cancer story. She begins the book by sharing practical tips for getting through the diagnostic and treatment phases, including how to assemble a support team, why it’s good to cry, and how to manage fear, meditate and breathe.

Of course, there is little time for thoughts of sex and sexuality during the early phases of cancer. It’s after, when we come out of the fox hole and feel like “damaged goods” that sexuality becomes a painful subject.

Many women are ill-prepared to deal with the libido, body image and desirability issues compounding their “new normal.” Musser’s three-part prescription takes you through the inner work necessary to find your inner sexy. Next she teaches you how to communicate your needs to your partner and, lastly, provides sexuality practices and exercises that expand intimacy and pleasure.

Whether she is talking about libido, intimacy, dating after cancer, fertility and family planning, self-love, forgiveness or how to feel sexy, Musser’s message is the same. Don’t be afraid to focus on your heart, mind, spirit and sexuality. When you do, you awaken to healing, joy and self-celebration and rediscover the magnificent, sexy woman within.

Survival > Existence,


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(FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.)

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