Cancer Victor Creates A Treasured Mother’s Day Gift In The FiveYear Journal

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New Book demonstrates how to use journaling to reduce stress, create focus, track goals and create a treasured keepsake.

As Mother’s Day approaches, thousands of shoppers look for that ‘perfect gift’ to give mom; something unique and special. Doreene Clement, cancer victor and journaling expert has created a book called, The Five Year Journal (, that that not only fits that bill but is a unique “two way” gift. One first given to mom and one she gives back to you.

“My mom started keeping a journal in her eighties,” said Clement. After two years of journaling she announced she was done. As she handed me her journal, giving it to me, she asked me to read a few pages to her. I smiled to myself as I read what she had written. She had journaled what she wore that day, what she ate and what she won at bingo. That was so much like my mom. She had journaled what was important to her.”

From ancient times to present day, countless people from all walks of life, such as Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Anne Frank, Walt Disney, Napoleon Hill, Steven Segal, Oprah Winfrey and many others have kept journals to live a more fulfilled life.

“Your journal is the place where you express and record what is important to you”, said Clement. An avid journaler for many years, Journaling became even more important to Clement in September of 2003 when she was diagnosed with not one but two kinds of cancer, one of which was deadly. At the time, Clement was writing her column, About Journaling, and found she was too sick to keep up with her writing. She began tracking her cancer journey through her own journal, often just a two sentence entry, and submitting those to her column. Clement survived the cancer and now has an even more abundant appreciation for life.

“Everyone has a story, says Clement. Your experiences, your feelings, ideas, thoughts, and dreams all combine to form your life and your journey, which is your unique story.”

According to Clement, studies have shown that Journaling will increase your chance of reaching your goals (career goals, financial goals, fitness goals, relationship goals) by as much as 82 percent. It is also proven that people who follow this method easily move through challenges and adversity.

In The Five Year Journal, you or that special someone, can write about whatever is important. For example, tracking what you have planted in your garden is journaling. Writing about the family holidays together or coffee with a friend is journaling. There is no set amount of words or pages that constitutes a journal.

The Five Year Journal is a timely tool for everyone, but especially those you love. It enables users to journal and plan the next 5 years with goals, feelings, while keeping a record of where you have been. Year by year your entries add to the total summary of your feelings and events, until, on one page you can look back at the past years, up to 5 years - day by day - thought by thought - experience by experience.

There are many different kinds of Journal gifts that The Five Year Journal can help you create. Create a Family Journal about yourself and your family. Keep a Memory Journal to allow you to think back to memories that might have been forgotten. Write a Dream Journal upon waking to remember your dreams, or record a Travel Journal of your adventures and experiences.

Journaling has been shown to have many positive benefits. These include: reducing stress, goal setting, organizing, improving well-being, making time for you, creating a personal reminders, and most important your journal becomes a treasured keepsake for those you love. There is nothing like the experience of learning about a loved one in their own words.

In 2002 Doreene started her column, About Journaling, writing articles on how to keep a journal or diary. Considered an expert in the art of journaling Doreene has shared her ideas with many and continues to write her column. You can sign up to receive About Journaling, for free at

Presently, a cancer victor, she is currently writing a new book that will be made into a movie titled Blessed, about her life and cancer experience, that includes her daily journal entries from her cancer journey. She has done TV, radio and print interviews, including QVC and 4 years as a weekly guest on a local TV show. For more information on Doreene Clement or The Five Year Journal, go to


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