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Healing with Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  21 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
"Healing With Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey" is a compassionate and wry self-help memoir written by an award-winning prolific author, nurse and poet, 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 unrelated and incurable cancer--multiple myeloma. The book includes the auth ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published May 12th 2010 by Loving Healing Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Aug 01, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 14, 2011 Stephanie Ward rated it liked it
"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
Apr 21, 2012 Kathleen Pooler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 24, 2010 Jennifer Defoy rated it really liked it
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
Apr 05, 2011 Lisa Nikolits rated it liked it
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Aug 08, 2010 Carol rated it it was amazing
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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
Jul 07, 2014 Charline Ratcliff rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 28, 2010 Nanci Arvizu rated it it was amazing
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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.
Nov 23, 2010 Satia rated it really liked it
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:
Sep 02, 2010 Mystee rated it it was amazing
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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 workshops nationwide and frequently writes on the transformative powers of writing.

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

She's a blogger for Psychology Today, PsychAlive, BrainSpeak and The Huffington Pos
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