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.