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Healing with Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey

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"Healing With Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey" is a compassionate andwry self-help memoir written by an award-winning prolific author, nurse andpoet, who at the age of forty-seven found her life shattered first by a DCIS(early breast cancer) diagnosis and five years later by another, seemingly unrelatedand incurable cancer--multiple myeloma. The book includes the author's ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 12th 2010 by Loving Healing Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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From My Blog...[return][return]Memoir, educational material, and a journal rolled into one, Healing With Words by Diana M. Raab is a deeply moving book to help others go through the process of living with cancer. Raab writes from personal experience as a cancer surviour and sadly again as a cancer patient. Raab’s book is filled with her personal accounts as well as advice about early detection, taking control of one’s health care, and writing prompts to get people writing about their feelings ra ...more
Stephanie Ward
"Healing with Words" is a memoir of a woman’s battle with cancer and her struggle to understand and heal her life afterwards. Diana Raab is diagnosed with breast cancer at the early age of 47 and manages to beat it, only to be diagnosed with an unrelated and incurable cancer 5 years later. Raab comes to use her journaling as a way of healing and validation. The book includes several personal journal entries as well as poems that have been written by the author and she has included writing prompt ...more
Kathleen Pooler
With courage and clarity, Diana Raab takes the reader by the hand through her breast cancer experience from initial diagnosis through treatment and recovery in her memoir, Healing with Words. Although she offers specific guidelines for women facing breast cancer and the loss of a breast through her own lived experience, her message of hope and taking responsibility for one's health and well-being has universal appeal for anyone who has been given a cancer diagnosis. Diana's breast cancer was ide ...more
Jennifer Defoy
I think everyone has been touched by cancer in some way. I've lost a few family members to cancer and there are also a few survivors in my family. I'm sure I'm not alone in that. While I've never had cancer I know what the fighter is going through in their battle. Most people have their own way of dealing with cancer, but for those who don't I think this book could be very helpful.

The book is both a biographical story and a journal. I liked the format that it was written in. Raab talks about di
Lisa Nikolits
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I looked forward to reading Healing with Words A Writer’s Cancer Journey. The author, Diana M. Raab has experienced both Breast Cancer and Smoldering Myeloma (that could possibly turn into Multiple Myeloma). Did you know that a woman in United States is diagnosed with Breast Cancer every three minutes as per the American Cancer Society? You may well have friends and relatives with it.
The small book is filled with steps of the author’s very personal experiences with cancer, poems that she wrote
Charline Ratcliff
I recently finished reading “Healing with Words” by author Diana M. Raab. Initially I was hesitant to start this book; I lost my best friend Julie to cancer in April of 2006. However, now that I've finished, I'm thankful I did and I feel truly honored to provide my thoughts about this wonderful book.

“Healing with Words” is a real look at cancer through the eyes of someone who has experienced and overcome the physical aspects of this life-shattering disease. “Healing with Words” is a well-written
Nanci Arvizu
This book had me crying, laughing, angry, relieved, all rolled into one.
Diana shares with us her personal journey through her battle with breast cancer. She shares such personal details of her life, I feel like she is a dear friend.
Her book is also a guide for others, to help them through their own journey, and to teach the art of journaling.
Throught the book Diana gives the reader questions to ask and answer in their own journals.
Part memoir, part poetry collection, part journaling workbook, Raab shares her own story of having breast cancer through prose and poetry and then invites her reader, through prompts, to write their own experience. All author's proceeds for this book go to the Mayo Clinic. For more:
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Diana Raab, Ph.D. is an award-winning memoirist, poet, essayist, speaker and workshop facilitator focusing on the transformative and healing aspects of personal writing. She teaches workshop nationwide and frequently writes on the transformative powers of writing.

She is the author of 8 books and over 500 articles.

She has a column in Psychology Today, "The Empowerment Diary," and blogs regularly f
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