Inspirational True Story of a 17 Year Cancer Survivor who had a Tumor Wrapped around her Heart at the Age of 23

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New Book: Heart Knots ~ The Story of a True Survivor by DeeDee Kindley, M.S. follows a true story of courage, strength, hope, recovery and inspiration. . . Written with hope of letting cancer patients know they are not alone and there are actions they can take to fight for their recovery, Heart Knots ~ The Story of a True Survivor chronicles the author's story. It also includes her "secret" to survival, the role of an active patient, cancer facts and fiction, how therapeutic support groups affect survival, her high school graduating class's Cancer Cluster as determined by the CA State Health Department which received media attention, and a section filled with resources for cancer patients and their loved ones.

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This honest and personal account of what a cancer patient may experience can provide hope and insight to cancer patients, the medical and psychological personnel who treat them, and to cancer patients' caregivers and loved ones

At the age of 23, DeeDee Kindley faced the most fearful and challenging experience of her life. She was diagnosed with a tumor, the size of a large grapefruit, wrapped around her heart. Heart Knots ~ The Story of a True Survivor details the author's experience of being diagnosed with cancer 17 years ago, how she fought for recovery, relationships she developed along the way and how she survived. Heart Knots ~ The Story of a True Survivor

"This honest and personal account of what a cancer patient may experience can provide hope and insight to cancer patients, the medical and psychological personnel who treat them, and to cancer patients' caregivers and loved ones," states Kindley. Within days of being diagnosed with cancer, DeeDee found meaning and purpose. With a core desire to live, she summoned courage and strength from within her to confront emotionally and physically difficult circumstances while maintaining an unwavering belief in her ability to live. She kept a journal of her thoughts and feelings during her nine day stay in the hospital and throughout her experience as a means of catharsis and in hope of helping other people fight and survive their battles with cancer.

Heart Knots ~ The Story of a True Survivor is based on DeeDee's journal of raw thoughts and emotions as she takes the reader through her experience. The book includes three sections. Part one details her story and is a testimony to the human spirit. It also mentions the fact that Kindley was part of a Cancer Cluster receiving a great deal of media attention that was found by the California State Health Department in her high school graduating class in the affluent San Francisco East Bay town of Danville, California. Part two of the book demystifies the disease and includes what DeeDee believes her "secrets" of survival to be, cancer facts and fiction, how therapeutic support groups affect survival, a method for opening emotionally difficult communication, and describes the role of an active patient. The final section serves as a reference guide filled with important resources for cancer patients and their families or caregivers. Book Summary

With almost one out of every two men and a little more than one out of every three women being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, this honest and real account of insight into what a cancer patient may experience, and inspirational example of hope for recovery, is for everyone. Read Heart Knots ~ The Story of a True Survivor and be inspired by this true story of courage, strength, hope, and the will to live.

About the Author
DeeDee Kindley is a Career Counselor and College Professor who teaches Career/Life Planning. As a Career Consultant, she counsels individuals and employees within organizations--helping them identify and achieve their goals. DeeDee holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and originally wrote her story as part of her Masters Thesis. Her career and personal life goal is to help other people truly live their lives. Volunteering her time over the years, she's given presentations about her experience of surviving cancer as well as helped newly diagnosed cancer patients cope with their emotional aspects of cancer. DeeDee and her husband of 16 years have two children. . . Children who she was given a 50/50 chance of having after chemotherapy. She follows her dreams by raising her family, helping her clients and students create meaningful and happy lives, and is publishing her story with hope of letting cancer patients know they are not alone while encouraging them to fight and survive their battles with cancer. Author Biography

Heart Knots ~ The Story of a True Survivor by DeeDee Kindley, M.S.
Publication Date: June 10, 2008
Trade Paperback $19.99 - 170 pages - ISBN 978-1-4363-0645-4

To purchase Heart Knots ~ The Story of a True Survivor, please contact Xlibris at (888) 795-4274 ext. 7876 or at ext. 7479.
Orders may also be placed through Amazon.com, Xlibris Online Bookstore, Target.com, via email at Orders@Xlibris.com, by fax at 610-915-0294, or through the Customer Service Desk of your local bookstore.
Orders through online booksellers such as Borders.com and BarnesandNoble.com will be available by September of 2008.

Please visit http://www.HeartKnots.org
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