(Not so) Gratuitous advertising: Journey

Yesterday I was invited to a book launch out at the Eltham library. The launch was for a collection of short stories and poems entitled Journey: Experiences with breast cancer (Busybird) and consisted of various readings from the authors.

Journey is a collection of people’s experiences with breast cancer, whether they’ve gone through breast cancer themselves, or loved or cared for somebody who has.

Through Journey, Busybird Publishing and Design offer real-life accounts of people’s experiences with breast cancer. It’s hoped that through sharing experiences others might gain insights or assurance that will help them through what they’re facing. After all, there is strength in sharing, and through community.

Journey hopes to provide a network of information which will be invaluable to readers. The content including nonfiction accounts, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Stories vary in content. Some explore the whole gamut of the experience – from diagnosis to treatment. Others look at specific moments of coping, ranging from (for example) dealing with surgery, to dealing with hair loss. Others deal with more spiritual and esoteric issues, such as rediscovery – if not reinvention – of self.

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4 Responses to (Not so) Gratuitous advertising: Journey

  1. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Just back from a busy week and a romantic weekend with the one I love, far away from the cares of the world and uncontactable. Bliss. When life is good, it is so very good. When it is bad, we all need help and understanding.

    I will read this book, but not just yet. When I am ready.

  2. Rabz

    Lizzie, may you never be cursed with it.

    It got my mum, when I was 14.

    She fought it for four years, but it was always a losing battle.

    The medical treatments in those days were brutal and there was little respite.

    Nearly killed my dad as well, he was so distraught.

    An absolute scourge – it has to be beaten.

  3. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    I am so sorry to hear that Rabz. A terrible thing for you to cope with as an adolescent, and for your dad. You mum must have been very brave and leaves you a special memory of her in that.

    I am lucky to have never been touched by such a tragedy for myself or my family.

  4. Rabz

    Thanks so much Lizzie – this is what life throws at you, though.

    Mum’s stoicism was the stuff of legend. I never once remember her complaining, about anything.

    To all the ladies here, live well and prosper.

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