November 17th,
Suzanne was awarded the 2011 Influential Women in Business Award
in a ceremony at the the Meadows Club, 2950 Golf Road, Schaumburg, Illinois

 

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A successful businesswoman gives a warts-and-all account of her fight with cancer. In 2008, Zaccone learned that a mass in her right breast was an invasive cancerous tumor. Armed with pink boxing gloves and the unwavering support of her husband, family and friends, she underwent chemotherapy and radiation—and the vomiting, hair and weight loss, bouts of constipation and nearly unendurable pain that accompanied the treatment. First she cried: “Not the crying, boo-hoo-hoo, snotty, messy, snorting kind of crying—but more like Niagara Falls; constant.” During her “random interruption,” Zaccone met and held her ground with several medical professionals. She worried about her looks, had her breasts blessed with holy water, hosted a head-shaving party, drank Grey Goose vodka, shopped for wigs to match her hair color, vowed to quit smoking and didn’t, handled insurance claims for her damaged lake house and dreamed of writing a bestseller—all while resembling more and more, in her words, a sort of human Chia Pet. The story is emotionally honest and packed with personal details that few would disclose or openly discuss. It’s heartening to know there’s a husband—“an ass man”—who takes his wife’s mastectomy in stride. Some chapters end with brief medical insights (“Dr. Song’s Corner”) courtesy of Dr. David H. Song of the University of Chicago Medical Center. The book also includes a glossary (“The Language of Breast Cancer”) and lists of suggested questions to ask doctors. There’s no doubt that Zaccone is sincere in her wish to alleviate suffering, and women with breast cancer, no matter their background, should find comfort and guidance here.

 

Kirkus Reviews, Kirkus Discoveries
May 2010

 

 

 

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Suzanne was awarded in October 2009

the Michael Klein Award of Courage, at the annual Windy City Classic gala dinner.

 

 

 

 

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I’m always inspired by women who face life’s challenges head on. Suzanne’s breast cancer journey is inspiring, humorous and honest.  Knowing that someone has been down that road and lived to share her story (and a cocktail or two!) will help anyone brave their own battle with the disease.

 

 

 

Jane Seymour, actress, author and artist

 

 

 

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