New Book Reflects on Life from a Cancer Survivor

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My Journey reveals realities of disease and recovery

What would happen if you were diagnosed with cancer? Would you be able to give God thanks for it?

Author Shirley A. Shirley did just that, and shares her tale in My Journey: Reflections on Life from a Cancer Survivor.

This autobiography revisits her most complex moments, including her battle with cancer. Through a collection of poetry and stories, she explains how she found courage, faith and joy while reflecting on her childhood, married life in Iowa and move to Montana, in hopes to inspire readers to find their own strength.

“A cancer diagnosis comes as a shock,” Shirley says. “I kept a personal journal of my fears and feelings of helplessness. In those times, I pleaded with God for answers and help. I received answers for my struggles, which I share in these poems.”

As an artist, Shirley paints pictures in her writing that help readers relate to the wonder of God's creation. Shirley hopes that, throughout, readers will be lifted by the experiences that she shares of her life, family, friends and God.

“Cancer is not a journey you can take alone. It involves the support of many who are there to help you,” said Shirley. “This book is not a single effort, solely of my own, but has involved so many who have been a part of my life in My Journey.”

My Journey: Reflections on Life from a Cancer Survivor
By Shirley Shirley
ISBN: 978-1-4497-4822-7 (sc), 978-1-4497-4823-4 (e), 978-1-4497-4821-0 (hc)
Approx. 117 pages
Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
Softcover price: $11.95
Hardcover price: $28.95
E-book price: $3.99
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About the author
Shirley A. Shirley grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Along with her husband, Dr. Robert Shirley, she raised four children in Eldora, Iowa, a town of three thousand near the Iowa River and Pine Lake State Park.

In addition to sketching native plants, she also paints in pastel and watercolor. Her creativity also extended to designing needlework for the national market during the sixteen years she owned a yarn shop. Shirley now creates copper jewelry, which is sold at festivals and is represented in thirteen galleries in five states.

In 1994, Shirley illustrated and wrote the book Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie, published by University of Iowa Press. She now resides with her husband and their cat, Bunny, in the mountains of Montana.

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Phone: 317-602-7137
Email: lkasdorf(at)bohlsengroup(dot)com
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