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Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor's Soul : Stories to Inspire, Support and Heal,9780757305214

Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor's Soul : Stories to Inspire, Support and Heal

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9780757305214

ISBN10:
0757305210
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
10/22/2006
Publisher(s):
Hci
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Summary

Your support group in a book, filled with boundless strength and profound hope - until the fight is won. Along with the shock, fear and loss many women face upon a breast cancer diagnosis comes unexpected strength, wisdom, and strong networks of sharing, support and healing. In Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor's Soul, survivors and their family members talk openly about how difficult their fight with breast cancer has been and how they made it through the dark times with a belief in a higher power and the support of those closest to them. Find strength in the encouraging stories of how family members confront their fears and show genuine affection for one another through gestures such as a granddaughter cutting the hair off of all her dolls so that they will look more like her grandma, who is bald from chemotherapy, and the gentle touch of a three-year-old son on his mother's back giving comfort to his sick mommy, and a husband who shows his wife the depth of his love during a weekend getaway after she heals from a total mastectomy. Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivors Soul will show you the beautiful side of the human spirit and spark the optimism sometimes lost in the mist of an illness. It is for everyone with breast cancer and everyone who loves someone touched by the disease.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xv
Share with Us xvii
1. LOVE
She's My Hero
Anthony Burton
2(4)
Night School
Kathy Cawthon
6(2)
Sooner or Later
Lori Misicka
8(3)
Family
Lowell Gere
11(2)
You'll Never Feel So Loved
Sharon Bomgaars
13(3)
Food Is Love
Barbara Curtis
16(4)
All You Need Is Love
Tina Wagner Mattern
20(5)
Reading Charlotte's Web
Jennie Nash
25(3)
Locks of Love
Leah Cano
28(4)
2. SUPPORT
He Doesn't Take "No" for an Answer
Ellen B. Leavitt
32(3)
Giving and Receiving
Jennie Nash
35(4)
Little Man Christopher
Kathy Vancura
39(3)
Debbie's Story
Lolly Susi
42(3)
Science Mom
Mary Olsen Kelly
45(2)
Enjoy Life!
Regina Dodson
47(3)
Filler
Bonnie Seibert
50(2)
Heart Massage
Pandora Kurth
52(3)
My Heroes
Maria McNaught
55(2)
"Tweety Conquers That Mean Old Bweast Cancer"
Susan Darke
57(5)
Blessed by Friends
Judy Hague
62(2)
The Glow Girls
Karen Theis
64(3)
Bring on the Lasagna!
Lorna Maxwell
67(3)
Family Scenes
Ruth Kotler
70(3)
Joining the Race
Ryan Matthew Landis
73(3)
3. CHALLENGES
The First Time's Always the Worst
Leigh Anne Jasheway
76(2)
The Hardest Mile
Jacqueline M. Hickey
78(3)
One Is Enough
Mary Ellen "Barney" LaFavers
81(1)
Blessings Beyond Belief
Denise Blunk
82(4)
The Gift of Photography and a Beautiful Breast
Pamela Shandel
86(2)
For Richer or Poorer
Beverly Vote
88(4)
Sometimes You Just Get Lucky
Arlette Braman
92(3)
I Am Not Alone
Mary Olsen Kelly
95(5)
4. CHARACTER
Laundry Soap
Lolly Susi
100(5)
The Esther Bunny Lives Here
Ron Lando-Brown
105(4)
Crooked Wigs and Guinea Pigs
Kathy Cawthon
109(4)
Sixty Miles
Sherrie Page Najarian
113(3)
Angels
Pamela Pierce
116(2)
From Stressed to Blessed
Carol Ross Edmonston
118(4)
Becoming a Transformed Woman
Lillie Shockney
122(4)
The Graduation
Heather Haldeman
126(3)
Chockwut Pudding
Mary Olsen Kelly
129(3)
Spirit Undaunted!
Sue Caruso
132(2)
Women Who Bare Their Breasts
Jennie Nash
134(3)
Things Are Looking Up!
Teri Reath D'Ignazio
137(2)
Divine Inspiration
Mary Anne Breen
139(3)
5. HEALING
The Seasons of Our Lives
Diana von Welenetz Wentworth
142(4)
You've Got to Play If You Want to Win
Lori Misicka
146(4)
A "Gift of Healing" Journey
Betsy Ludwig
150(3)
Isabelle and Her Dollies' Hair
Paula Young
153(3)
The Bus Ride
John de Strakosch
156(4)
He Does Not Live in Vain
Suzanne Metzger
160(2)
Stop Changing!
Rhonda Richards-Cohen
162(3)
"Shoot the Messengers"
Don Kelly
165(6)
Angel Hugh
Lolly Susi
171(5)
6. COURAGE
Knowing What Your Rope Is
Myra Shostak
176(3)
A Message from My Marine
Kathy Cawthon
179(2)
My Red Badges of Courage
Donna St. Jean Conti
181(3)
Courage Comes in All Colors
Jennie Nash
184(5)
Courage to Climb
Michele V. Price
189(4)
Abreast in a Dragon Boat
Susan R Harris
193(3)
Racing for the Cure
Ellen Ann Callahan
196(3)
For Josie
Doug Manuel
199(3)
No More Fear
Mary Olsen Kelly
202(5)
7. SURVIVAL
Fifty-One-Year Survivor!
Kathryn O. Sharr
207(3)
All the Gifts
Pam Arciero
210(4)
Dancing at Evan's Wedding
Nancy Jaynes as told to Ida Chipman
214(3)
Joy Is the Simplest Form of Gratitude
Karen Theis
217(4)
A Time to Listen
Donna Andres
221(4)
The Olsen Girls
Mary Olsen Kelly
225(3)
Laughter Is Bubbly!
Judy Averitt Hayes
228(3)
Diagnosis: Canceritis
Lori Misicka
231(5)
8. GRATITUDE
The Twelve Gifts of Chemo
Sally Fouche
236(4)
My Life
Kathy Chamberlin
240(1)
Payback Time
Lee Scheinman
241(4)
You're Gonna Eat That?
Jami Bernard
245(3)
Another Kind of Miracle
Jennifer Basye Sander
248(3)
The Snapshot
Elaine Zalar
251(3)
My Guardian Angel
Nanci L. Stroupe
254(2)
Hearts and Flowers
Joan Persky
256(4)
Light
Joni Rodgers
260(3)
I Can't Believe You
T. Suzanne Eller
263(3)
The Big "C"
Kathy Cawthon
266(3)
More Chicken Soup? 269(1)
Supporting Others 270(1)
Who Is Jack Canfield? 271(1)
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 272(1)
Who Is Mary Olsen Kelly? 273(1)
Contributors 274(8)
Permissions (continued) 282

Excerpts

You'll Never Feel So Loved Where there is great love, there are always miracles. -Willa Cather A few days after hearing the devastating news that the shadow on the mammogram was indeed cancer, I received a call I'll never forget from an aunt who was a breast-cancer survivor. The only part of the conversation I remember was one simple line: You'll never feel so loved. At the time I had no clue what that could mean, but I thanked her for calling and began the journey that every cancer patient goes through. I began to understand the power of these five little words a few days after my aunt's call, when I telephoned my daughter about the diagnosis and the upcoming surgery. Her first words were simple and direct: I'm on my way! Not, What can I do? Or, I'll try to come, or even Do you want me to come? but simply, I'm on my way! With the support and encouragement from her husband, my daughter was with me until I no longer needed her help. I felt so loved. Later that same day, with only twenty minutes' notice, a friend volunteered to meet my husband and me at the doctor's office to be the extra ears and note taker. Quietly, in the background, she was the one who held it together when my husband left the room (sick), and I began crying. She asked all the right questions and later went over the facts one by one, helping us comprehend all that was happening. What a gift! I knew she cared about us, and I felt so loved. In spite of all the frightening, horrific things that were taking place, I began to understand how the love of God and others would carry me through, and I knew I would be able to conquer this thing called cancer. The love was manifested in so many ways: cards, calls, prayers, meals and sometimes just one little sentence would carry me through a difficult day. I remember my husband holding me in his arms, reading from a book given to me from a coworker of his, also a breast-cancer survivor, who was sure we would both enjoy reading it. I was too tired, so he read aloud every night, and we laughed and cried together. I not only felt his love, but also was touched by the fact that someone I had never met cared enough to think of me. I had retired the year before my diagnosis, and one day a former coworker of mine stopped by with a basket full of thoughtful gifts from friends at the office: a warm hat to cover my thinning hair, inspirational books to lift my spirits, aromatherapy candles and bubble bath to soothe my body, and much more. They cared enough to remember me, and I felt so loved! In times of need, everyone knows that family will be there for you, but I was overwhelmed by the way my immediate and extended family came through. Parents, sisters and in-laws joined together to provide support and encouragement in so many wonderful ways. They were with me every step of the way. In fact, my sister was there when I had my last chemotherapy session, and a niece planned a big surprise party to celebrate the end of my treatments

Excerpted from Chicken Soup for the Breast Cancer Survivor's Soul: Stories to Inspire, Support and Heal by Mark Victor Hansen, Mary Olsen Kelly, Jack Canfield
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