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Breast Strokes: Two Friends Journal Through the Unexpected Gifts of Cancer Paperback – March 20, 2010
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Breast Stroke is an inspiring, moving book chronicling the poignant breast cancer challenge of Cathy Edgett, a dear friend of mine. This enlightening story invites the reader to share in the creative, healing journey which Cathy and her friend Jane take together to bring consciousness and poetry to the anguishing medical challenge involved in recovery from breast cancer. I am awed by the beauty of Cathy and Jane's creative connection; the daily journaling and tender sharing of two womansouls in empathic, poetical process. The expanded consciousness, spiritual understanding and blessing their supportive friendship produces brings heart and meaning to the healing process. This is a book of beauty and grace, love and empathy, truth and authenticity, courage and triumph. Breast Stroke celebrates life, highlighting for the reader, the creative path we can all take when life presents us with unexpected anguish or great suffering. Reading Breast Stroke brought a blessing and healing to my own heart!
I plan to return and read, this time, just the contributions of Jane Flint, for I was so drawn into Cathy's consciousness I found myself unwilling to interrupt the flow of it. Yet one senses how Jane's more earthy sensibility provides grounding as Cathy floats more and more freely into the realm of "chemo brain."
You know a book is deeply absorbing when you are left with questions, wanting to know even more. Do you miss that altered state at all, I want to ask. Or does it leave a lasting change even when illness is banished into the past?
Everyone has trials. Cathy and Jane had the savvy with words to share their journey. This is a book I am thankful to have.