Inspired by a True Story

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The presence of cancer cells that is now called a disease does not just grow overnight. Chemotherapy alone cannot cure the disease either - my mother believed these too. She once pacified a stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis and defied the odds as her disease went into remission. A strength based model, specifically the psychological process of family resilience became a guiding framework as I and my mother chose to take a positive stance in the midst of a threatening situation. In addition to recognizing family strengths and resources, this book also focuses on the significance of positive relationships within the community. The interplay of resilient characteristics is highlighted while at the same time recognizing actual and real challenges that come along with a cancer experience - the “silent struggles” toward social issues that all had an impact in my mother's disease. Yet, cancer can be a gateway to heal and to evolve one's consciousness in the process. It is a consciousness that is inherent to each but is usually dormant and unrecognized. This can allow both the person with cancer and other family members be positively transformed by the illness – an opportunity and gift of cancer. In this book, I do not speak as an expert but as an observer of my own life and my environment as I attempt to document my mother's cancer experience. The time I became her immediate caregiver during initial cancer treatments and until she was re-integrating into the community as a woman diagnosed with cancer. - Vera Icon

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published April 8, 2013 by Xlibris. 158 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help. Non-fiction


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After her mother’s death from breast cancer, the author decided to write about her experience as a caregiver and advocate for breast cancer awareness, with a focus on the nonmedical aspects of the disease.

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