New Book Tells Story of Surviving Breast Cancer

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Author Ellen Washburn Gragg survives cancer through science and faith.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for nearly 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in U.S. women. To help women in their fight with cancer comes Lady of Hope: A Journey of Faith with Breast Cancer (published by CrossBooks) by Ellen Washburn Gragg.

Gragg survived breast cancer by depending on both science and faith. As a scientist, she studied all the material she could to educate herself about the physiological process of treating her cancer. As a Christian, she embraced her faith, and family, to sustain and nurture herself as she healed. By bringing both together, she was able to proceed confidently and wisely on her path to becoming cancer-free.

“Writing down your thoughts rather than just thinking about them makes a big difference,” Gragg shares. “Writing down your thoughts helps one to remember the way you felt or thought about different experiences.”

As you can see, the familiar phrase, “It’s not a sprint but a marathon,” is true after breast cancer. I really am not bitter over the lingering side effects, but, do want others to know that it doesn’t end with the surgery! As Hermie told me, “It is doable!” Now, four years out from the cancer, I still have many of the side effects, but, for the most part, I am doing great. An extra handful of pills, thin hair, joint pains, few eyebrows and eyelashes compared to a meaningful life don’t amount to much. Life is good!

Gragg’s message echoes throughout the book: be faithful and be informed. Lady of Hope will empower both survivors and caregivers to extend the support, assistance, and love they experience, so they too can thrive and enable others to do the same.

About the Book
Ellen Washburn Gragg is both a breast cancer survivor and a scientist. She is now cancer-free, largely due to the efforts of her community of caregivers: her medical team, her husband Larry and their extended family, church family and her Sisters in The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Gragg and Larry live in Shelby, North Carolina, near their three sons, their wives, and the eight grandchildren, affectionately dubbed The Grands.

CrossBooks, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, is a Christian publishing imprint committed to bringing more Christian voices into the publishing industry. Established authors, first-time authors, and authors anywhere in between can meet their goals and fulfill their vision for their books by publishing with CrossBooks. CrossBooks’ innovative style of publishing blends the best of traditional and self-publishing. While our authors contribute monetarily to cover the cost of publishing, we maintain a strict moral and quality standard that every manuscript must meet for us to publish. For more information on publishing your Christian book with CrossBooks, log on to or call 1-866-879-0502.


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