Journaling Transforms Cancer Experience Into Memoir of Discovery

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Diana Raab, nurse and award-winning writer, embraced her cancer experience by journaling, which led to a memoir/self-help book that empowers others in their cancer journeys. Like a daily vitamin, journaling facilitates healing, detoxifies negative thinking and optimizes emotional health.

In lieu of allowing cancer to destroy her life, Diana Raab, a nurse and award-winning writer, has embraced her experience and turned a negative into a positive by creating a memoir and self-help book to uplift others with a cancer diagnosis in “Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey” (ISBN 9781615990108, Loving Healing Press, 2010).

At age forty-seven, Raab received a diagnosis of early breast cancer and five years later another incurable cancer—multiple myeloma. In “Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey,” she shares her story with candor while refusing to allow cancer to conquer her spirit. Her forthright and empowering message has been reviewed as powerful, inspirational, insightful, compassionate, wry, concise and complete.

Raab, a journaling instructor at UCLA Extension Writers' Program, ardently walks her talk and uses her journal to find solace during difficult times and to help validate or navigate her feelings. “I view the journal as a daily vitamin—in that it heals, detoxifies, and is essential for optimal heath,” says Raab. “Healing With Words” is a mélange of reflections, poetry, memoir, journal entries, and writing exercises for readers to chronicle their own experiences.

Readers of “Healing With Words” will come to understand:

  •     The importance of early cancer detection
  •     How to take control of their own health
  •     The power of writing to release bottled-up emotions
  •     How the process of journaling can facilitate healing
  •     How a cancer diagnosis can renew and uniquely change a person

And readers can take joy in knowing that author proceeds for each copy purchased will be donated to the Mayo Clinic.

“Healing With Words” is being hailed as an insightful, unforgettable exploration of one woman’s cancer journey. Barbara Delinsky, author of “UPLIFT: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors” states that “Healing With Words” is “beautifully told and inspiring to those for whom journaling will ease a cancer diagnosis.” Dr. Melvin Silverstein, Director of the Breast Cancer Program, Hoag Memorial Hospital, says, “I applaud the author for having the courage to share her personal story in the form of narrative, journal entries and poems.” And Sena Jeter Naslund, author of “Ahab’s Wife” declares, “Diana articulates incisively the thoughts and feelings that convey hoped-for meaning and encouragement….She will add value to the life of every person who reads this book. ‘Healing With Words’ resonates at a spiritual level for me.”

About the Author
Diana M. Raab, MFA, RN, has been a medical, self-help writer and poet for the past thirty-five years. In 2003, she earned her MFA in Writing from Spalding University. Diana is the author of eight books, including her first memoir, “Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal” the recipient of the 2009 Mom’s Choice Award for Adult Non-Fiction and the 2009 National Indie Award for Excellence in Memoir. She is the editor of “Writers and Their Notebooks,” a collection of essays by esteemed writers who use journals to inform their work. Diana teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She frequently moderates panels at conferences across the country, with a focus on writing for healing.

“Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey” (ISBN 9781615990108, Loving Healing Press, 2010) may be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.


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