As the granddaughter of a survivor (who is now 87 and doing well!), I am always intrigued by stories of breast cancer & survival. The strength it takes a woman to get this diagnosis and to recover from it just has me in awe. Diana Raab's book did the same. I always find personal stories a quick and easy read - usually a book I cannot put down. Diana's book was that from beginning to end.
|Diana Raab, used w/ permission from her website|
The support Diana received from her family was amazing and she was very cognizant of how her children, spouse & family would be affected. This book not only educated me, it also informed me of how important it is to complete the self-exams and to know what may or may not be right with your breasts. Diana uses journaling to help deal with her diagnosis and comfort herself. Many of us are afraid to do this and even more would be afraid to help others with their words. Diana is not afraid.
In the news recently, a celebrity my age, Giuliana Rancic, announced she had breast cancer. I listened to her speak on the Today Show about her diagnosis and was shocked to hear her say that she tried to refuse having a mammogram. My doctor recommended a baseline mammogram when I turned 35 and I did it. It will be a great reference as I age. I am glad to hear Giuliana received her diagnosis in an early stage and she is already on the road to recovery. Healing with Words would be a great read for her and would help with recovery.
Diana's book is also a great reference for other cancer patients with medical definitions, an appendix of cancer support resources as well as the questions after each chapter with room to journal.
Diana's story is only just beginning with Healing with Words. Late in the book, she mentions a second diagnosis of cancer - Multiple Myeloma and is beginning another battle. She ends her book with this passage:
"In spite of everything, I try to wake up every morning happy to be alive and with joy in my heart. I believe it is very important to surround myself with those who only bring positive and nurturing energy into my life. Being surrounded by joy brings joy and helps you move forward toward your dreams."
That passage speaks to me because I strive for the same things in my life and I am finding them more and more every day. Her optimism is contagious.
Diana's book is available to purchase and you can find out more on website - www.dianaraab.com. She is generously donating 100% of her proceeds to the Mayo Clinic.