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Diana M. Raab , Melvin J. Silverstein M.D.
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Book Description

May 12, 2010 1615990100 978-1615990108
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 author's experiences, reflections, poetry and journal entries, in addition to writing prompts for readers to express their own personal story. Raab's journals have provided a safe haven and platform to validate and express her feelings. Raab views journaling to be like a daily vitamin--in that it heals, detoxifies and is essential for optimal health.

Readers will learn to:
  • Understand the importance of early cancer detection and how to take control of their own health
  • Discover the power of writing to release bottled-up emotions
  • Learn how the process of journaling can facilitate healing
  • See how a cancer diagnosis can be a riveting event which can renew and change a person in a unique way

    Praise for Raab's Healing With Words:
    "One woman's story, beautifully told and inspiring to those for whom journaling will ease a cancer diagnosis."
    --Barbara Delinsky, author UPLIFT: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors

    "Time after time, Diana articulates incisively the thoughts and feelings that convey hoped-for meaning and encouragement. She is a woman who knows what it is to live fully in the face of mortality. She will add value to the life of every person who reads this book. Healing With Words resonates at a spiritual level for me."
    --Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife and Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette

    Author's proceeds from the sale of this book donated to benefit the Mayo Clinic Foundation

    Learn more at www.DianaRaab.com

    Another inspirational book from Loving Healing Press www.LovingHealing.com

    HEA039031 Health & Fitness : Diseases - Breast Cancer
    SEL501000 Self-Help : Journal Writing
    MED058160 Nursing - Oncology & Cancer

  • Editorial Reviews


    Through her honest and candid remarks about how she felt, the author relates with many who have had the same thing happen to them. . . I hope many people read this and take to journaling and talking very directly to their families about choices. - Carol Hoyer for Reader Views --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

    Product Details

    • Paperback: 206 pages
    • Publisher: Loving Healing Press (May 12, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1615990100
    • ISBN-13: 978-1615990108
    • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,470,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

    More About the Author

    Diana Raab, Ph.D. is an award-winning poet, memoirist, essayist and transpersonal psychologist. She is the author of nine books and over 300 articles and poems, and editor of two anthologies, WRITERS ON THE EDGE: WRITERS SPEAK ABOUT ADDICTION AND DEPENDENCY and WRITERS AND THEIR NOTEBOOKS. Raab's two memoirs are REGINA'S CLOSET: FINDING MY GRANDMOTHER'S SECRET JOURNAL and HEALING WITH WORDS: A WRITER'S CANCER JOURNEY. Her fourth and most recent poetry collection is called LUST.

    Raab has been writing since childhood, when her mother gave her a journal to help her cope with her grandmother and caretaker's suicide. Since then, she has been using writing as a way of healing and teaching others to do the same. She believes writing is transformative and did her doctoral research on memoir for transformation and empowerment. She lectures and gives workshops around the country, and is an advocate of keeping a notebook. Her focus is non-fiction (especially memoir writing) and poetry.

    She is the mother of 3 adult children and lives with her husband in Southern California.

    She's a regular blogger for Psychology Today Huff50 (The Huffington Post), and BrainSpeak.

    Her website is www.dianaraab.com

    Customer Reviews

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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Useful July 17, 2010
    A Kid's Review
    Diana Raab begins her book with a memoir about her diagnosis of breast cancer and her own cancer journey. The well-written narrative is honest, insightful, inspirational and scary! Ms. Raab makes the point of how common breast cancer is among women. She knows that though she was not alone, she must fight this battle her own way. She shares that intimate knowledge in this easy to read book and leaves pages for the reader to fill in the blanks and share their own story.

    On a personal note, as I read the book, I thought of my own friend who is fighting a battle with breast cancer. I will pass this book onto her. I also felt compelled to make an appointment for my long overdo mammogram.

    All of that being said this book is not just about fighting cancer. It is about fighting the disbelief, depression, bitterness and fear. It is about the physical battle she had to fight as well; losing a breast, treatment and the ultimate blow of being diagnosed with cancer a second time.

    The author says, "There are a number of messages I have taken from the cancer journey, but for me, the most important one is that the diagnosis of cancer should be considered a turning point that sets you free to fulfill or examine dreams that can no longer wait...In spite of everything, I try to wake up every morning happy to be alive and with joy in my heart." These two points were the culminating point of the book for me. Shouldn't we all live our daily lives like this?
    Journaling brought Ms. Raab the peace and comfort that she so desperately needed. She offers guidance and hope through her courageous story and encourages the reader to write their story, as well, while giving advice for the writing process.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read for Anyone Affected by Cancer November 14, 2011
    "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 prompts for readers to journal about their own cancer stories.

    Raab's memoir is very accessible to the reader. It flows in a natural, easy, and conversational way. Her poetry is intimate and allows the reader to see into her thoughts and emotions as she is dealing with her diagnosis and treatment. Raab never sugar coats the things she felt or experienced. Instead, she gives her honest feelings and opinions on everything from the doctors to the depression that came after surgery. The journaling prompts that are included are creative and urge the reader to recount parts of their own journey with cancer. Many readers who have suffered from cancer will find the exercises to be cathartic and perhaps even healing. This memoir is a fresh and honest piece that shows how cancer can touch everyone and the obstacles that one must overcome in order to survive it.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fighting breast cancer June 7, 2011
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This book is a God send for women who have been diagnosed as having breast cancer. Diana Raab is a brave lady, who has fought cancer twice and won. Diana has written this eBook about her battles or in her words, her journey.

    The book pomotes "writing" as a wellbeing therapy or writing to assist healing. The book is informative, inspirational and uplifting. Two words sum up this book; survival and courage. Diana is like a person who has escaped from a burning building, only to then go back inside (mentally). She has written this eBook to help others escape from that same nightmare. In sharing her journey in this book with others, Diana is extending the power of, the writing therapy technique once again; writing for Diana is a gift that keeps on giving. The feedback she gets must be uplifting, so please buy the book and leave a review.

    The book emphasizes the importance of early breast cancer detection. Reading the first part of the book I began to appreciate just how breast cancer produces a rollercoaster of emotions, starting with those dreaded test results. And, I can see how therapeutic writing could help.

    The is a good book with a positive self help message.

    Healing with Words
    Title : A Writer's Cancer Journey
    By : Diana M Raab.

    Paul Kendall (k3books) @k3books on Twitter
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Diana Raab: A Woman for All Seasons July 22, 2010
    No matter your life season, whether you are in the moment of joy or disillusion, clarity or confusion, sickness or health--you must read Diana Raab's ([...]) latest book Healing With Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey!

    Raab is a registered nurse, author, mother of three, and also the inspirational heroine of this deeply touching memoir, which chronicles her midlife victory over a rare form of breast cancer: DCIS or ductal carcinoma in situ--cancer of the mammary glands, only detectable through a mammogram.

    Diagnosed at the age of 47, Raab is painfully honest about her struggle to confront diagnosis, treatment, and ultimate recovery. She takes the reader from the calm before the storm, and into its eye, spinning along in a tempest of wonder and fury, truth and promise, and above all love, hope and courage!

    Raab's book is many things: educational, thought provoking, empowering, inspirational, and empathetic. Her words resonated with me on many different levels. As a woman, I felt and understood that low-in-the belly fear she--any woman--would feel in such circumstances. The frightful worry of losing sexuality and good looks; of dying before children reach adulthood. Of ending life before it is actually finished. The author's perspective touched me as a life coach, forced me--even as I coach others--to coach myself through life's trauma, to hold on, to believe in my own strength, resiliency, and tenacity! As a writer, I turned pages in awe, amazed at the raw honesty Raab displayed, a gift we all hope to achieve with every word we write.

    This book is a gift for all of the seasons of a woman's life.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and Empowering Messages for Anyone Facing a Cancer...
    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... Read more
    Published on April 21, 2012 by Kathleen Pooler
    4.0 out of 5 stars Healing with Words
    This book actually came at a very difficult time for me. I received the book a day after my grandmother was told she would need to have a biopsy done because her mammogram came... Read more
    Published on November 22, 2011 by steffany813
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful healing book!
    This book was amazing! I do not have breast cancer but I am very happy I read this book. Raab's words and poems are an inspiration. Read more
    Published on November 13, 2011 by Erin E. Hankins
    4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tool for your healing arsenal
    This book particularly hit home with me, as I lost my beloved Nanny to this disease, and just recently went through my own near encounter with breast cancer. Read more
    Published on October 19, 2011 by T Jones
    4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Read
    Healing with Words by Diana M. Raab is a writer's cancer journey. Diana chronicles through her diagnosis with breast cancer, all the appointments she had to go to in order to... Read more
    Published on October 11, 2011 by ConcertKatie
    5.0 out of 5 stars similarities
    Review January 2011

    First , I selected this book to review since I am in remission currently from prostate and skin cancer so even though the cancers are different it... Read more
    Published on January 7, 2011 by Rick Ritter
    4.0 out of 5 stars A great tool for those dealing with cancer.
    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. Read more
    Published on November 24, 2010 by Jennifer
    5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant and powerful piece, very highly recommended
    Expression is a powerful healing tool. "Healing with Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey" is the reflections of Diana M. Read more
    Published on September 13, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Friend Walking the Way with Me
    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... Read more
    Published on August 8, 2010 by C. Wong
    4.0 out of 5 stars An Author's Gift to the World
    Every deeper energy of my psyche delights in the messages of bravery, hope and sadness in Diana Raab's inspiring book, Healing With Words. Read more
    Published on July 24, 2010 by Lisa De Nikolits
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