Two-time Cancer Survivor Releases Unique Book to Help Patients and Caregivers

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A new book, The Healing Journal: Taking Control of Your Journey Through Cancer, is a unique journal, day planner, detailed record book and reference which enables the user to keep track of and manage all the information that will suddenly become important in their lives thus freeing their minds of the mental clutter and stress that is so common when one is overwhelmed with the diagnosis. With ten useful sections, advice, resources and insights, survivor Lynda Peterson has created a truly comprehensive guide to managing cancer and life in general while undergoing treatment. The author is pleased to announce that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to organizations and charities involved in cancer research and patient care.

The Healing Journal: Taking Control of Your Journey Through Cancer

With those kind of stats this book has the potential to help a tremendous number of people, and in so doing raise a lot of money for cancer research and patient care

Cancer survivor Lynda Peterson, believing that “with organization comes empowerment”, has created a tool specifically for cancer patients which helps them through the healing process. (http://www.thehealingjournal.ca)

After hearing she had an incurable form of cancer, author Lynda Peterson felt overwhelmed in the sea of tests, appointments and procedures and that her life were somehow not her own. That is until she decided to take back the control asking many questions, recording everything and being “the driver behind the wheel”. She took with her to every appointment a day planner, address book, binder and journal and began to feel more empowered as she kept track of each detail of her journey. Unfortunately carrying around so many books was cumbersome and she invariably forgot where she’d put her list of questions or forgot to bring the one book that she needed.    “No one system worked to house all of this new information and make it easy for me to navigate my way through while also having it easily accessible to my caregivers. I searched online and in book stores for something appropriate but found nothing”. She soon decided to write The Healing Journal: Taking Control of Your Journey Through Cancer to help others navigate their way in, around and through a diagnosis of cancer; to show them that it can be managed as effectively as anything else in their lives; and that by managing all those things that suddenly become important, they will be able to free their minds to concentrate on healing.

This unique journal is compact and coil bound with tabbed dividers making it easy to use and carry anywhere. It includes a photo pocket inside the front cover and a file pocket inside the back cover for prescriptions and business cards. The scenic photographs used on the cover and divider pages are colorful and uplifting, and the ten sections inside provide insight and plenty of space for planning and record keeping.

The author’s own personal journey is chronicled in the first section with both honesty and the raw emotion of a woman fighting to come to terms with the diagnosis of an incurable form of lymphoma as well as learning to embrace life with cancer. It’s followed by a journal section, which has pages for the patient to write about his or her own journey. At the bottom of all the journal pages and many other pages throughout the book are quotes of healing, courage, hope and faith, written or said by many others who have walked this same journey, intended to inspire and bring strength to the reader.

The section on healing strategies covers such topics as counselors, diet, faith, relationships, wigs and more all openly discussed from the perspective of the author’s personal beliefs and experiences. It provides key information intended to guide the patient along the path to identifying and managing their own personal healing strategies. It also gives valuable references to websites and books that both patient and caregiver will find useful.

The Healing Journal: Taking Control of Your Journey Through Cancer continues with a detailed medical history section, a section for appointments with enough space to record questions and special instructions and a treatment journal with dedicated space to record chemotherapy and radiation treatments. There is also a section for personal ‘to do’ lists, as well as travel arrangements for those who have to travel to see specialists and receive treatments. The contacts section provides large blocks of space to record all the pertinent information for medical professionals and those family and friends who are part of their support network.

The final section, simply titled ‘Final Thoughts’, has the author’s final words on living with cancer, as well as information about profit sharing. 50% of the proceeds from the book will be donated to agencies and organizations involved in cancer research and patient care. The website lists the 20 cancer related organizations which have been chosen to receive donations. People who purchase the book from the website will be able to choose for themselves where they would like the donation portion of their purchase to go.

Canadian Cancer Society statistics report an estimated 177,800 new cases of cancer in 2011. That’s an average of 487 Canadians being diagnosed every day. In the United States the estimate is more than 1.5 million, or more than 4000 new cases every day. “With those kind of stats this book has the potential to help a tremendous number of people, and in so doing raise a lot of money for cancer research and patient care” says Peterson.

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