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Hope for the Journey through Cancer: Inspiration for Each Day Paperback – May 1, 2007
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From the Back Cover
Cancer isn't the last word. Hope is. When you've been diagnosed with cancer and you're in the midst of hospital visits and treatments, you may wonder, Where is God? Where is his love and mercy? Yvonne Ortega knows how you feel--she's a cancer survivor herself. Through sixty inspirational readings, she walks alongside you with encouragement and compassion gleaned from God's Word. There will be triumphs and setbacks in this journey from diagnosis to recovery. But Ortega reminds us that even when it looks like we are alone, God is there every step of the way. "A wonderfully honest and uplifting book. Those who walk through the valley of the shadow of cancer no longer have to travel alone."--Donna Partow, author, Becoming the Woman I Want to Be "Yvonne Ortega's honesty will create a bond with readers and encourage them to face their own pain and fear armed with the 'Hope Builders' from God's Word that sustained her."--Marlene Bagnull, author, My Turn to Care "Boldly honest, marvelously comforting, and desperately needed. Yvonne Ortega clearly and unashamedly brings the struggles and, yes, the joys of surviving cancer to light."--Louise Bergmann DuMont, author, Faith-Dipped Chocolate "This book can help women as they go through their experience with cancer, but it's equally helpful for families and caregivers."--Cecil Murphey, coauthor, 90 Minutes in Heaven Yvonne Ortega is a certified domestic violence and abuse counselor and a five-year cancer survivor. She lives in Virginia.
About the Author
Yvonne Ortega is a certified domestic violence and abuse counselor and a member of the Virginia Board of Counseling. She is also a five-year cancer survivor. Ortega lives in Yorktown, Virginia.
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So you might be like me and think, why should I read this book? Well let me give you some information on why this is a must read book.
Who gets breast cancer?
All women are at risk for breast cancer. Known risk factors like having a family history of breast cancer, starting menopause after age 55 or never having children account for only a small number of new breast cancer cases every year. That means that most women who get breast cancer have no known risk factors except being a woman and getting older. (source Koman.org)
So if you are a woman and you are getting older, you have a risk of contacting breast cancer.
Ortega's books is a sixty day journey looking for hope in the midst of cancer. But don't be fooled, this book is not just for the one who HAS cancer, but for family members and friends who are helping someone through breast cancer. Ortega is open and honest about her fears, her pain, depression, and having to relying on others. God took each of these areas and gives Ortega HOPE.
Each devotional begins with a "Hope Builder" which is the bible reading for each day. She displays real honesty and humility right from the first page until you finish the last. I found I could not put this book down, I kept it in my car and read it while waiting for my kids to get out of school, it was that good.
I strongly recommend each church library to have a copy of Ortega's book, each person who knows someone going through a medical crisis. I promise you this book will bless whoever reads it.
In her new book, Hope for the Journey Through Cancer, Yvonne Ortega takes on the role of a spiritual guide. Ortega has been down this road. In 2001, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In Hope for the Journey Through Cancer, she cleverly retells her story in 60 short devotionals. She documents her fears, anger, devastation, and joys as she battles cancer. Each devotional starts with a recommended passage of scripture for personal reflection and proceeds to connect that passage to an experience that Ortega had during her journey. Each devotional is ended with a short prayer. Ortega's writing style is open and honest. The reader can feel her emotions as moved down the road of cancer. She takes her reader with her as she is stunned by her diagnoses, depressed while shopping for a wig, and even when she wrestles with wither to have chemotherapy. Ortega's journey is not white washed. She displays her weaknesses. The reader can clearly view her fears, anger, devastation, and joy as she battles cancer.
The advantages of the book are many. First, Ortega has a universal writing style. While she is specifically a breast cancer survivor her story is applicable to a vast variety of oncology patients. Her book potentially has the possibility of assisting family and friends to understand this overwhelming journey. In addition to her universal appeal, she discusses most of the traditional treatment options available to cancer patients. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. The devotionals are arranged chronologically, so a patient can probably find a devotional that parallels his or her own journey. Last of all, the book should be praised for its honesty. Ortega invites patients and families to join her on this journey and she selflessly opens up her own life as a picture of that journey through cancer.
This is what Yvonne Ortega believes, and she should know. Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer is the 2nd edition of her excellent book of inspirational readings for those caught up in the cancer journey.
In Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer, Yvonne Ortega offers to walk alongside you with encouragement and compassion gleaned from God's Word. She reminds you that even when it looks like you are alone, God is there every step of the way.
When cancer strikes, and you or those near to you face the roller coaster of treatment and side-effects, you will find encouragement and inspiration through the words of this book.
Each short chapter contains Scripture and a devotional message based on personal experience. Yvonne speaks from the heart, sharing her real feelings and reactions in a way that will cause you to say, "She understands."
As a cancer survivor myself, I wish this book had been around when I needed it. Well done Yvonne! Thank you for allowing me to share a little of the journey with you.
The book is available through Amazon.com, Christianbook.com or your local bookseller. Or you can order an autographed copy from Yvonne's website today.