4 out of 4 stars
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50 Fabulous Women: Every Woman Has A Story by Janiece McCarthy is a collection of the portraits of 50 beautiful women who have been touched by cancer and the heartwarming stories of how they triumphed over adversity. The book opens with the author’s photograph. McCarthy is also a photographer and is the founder and CEO of Artisan House of Photography, a portrait studio in Albury, New South Wales, Australia.
The author’s desire to support the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund inspired this book. The center helps to raise money for cancer services and the purchase of specialist equipment in Albury. Aside from raising money, the idea behind participating in the photography was to have fun taking the pictures and to help raise awareness about cancer and other life-threatening conditions. The tributes are in honor of these fabulous women who are survivors or whose family and friends have survived cancer. Other women who have faced life-threatening illnesses or who are living with other health conditions like chronic auto-immune syndrome are among these 50 women.
The single thread that runs through the stories is that these women are normal women drawn from various backgrounds. Among them are Bernadette Hurley, Dianne Sorensen, Lana Walsh, Belinda Corby, and Desiree Jackson. The same set of questions are presented to all the women as they shared stories from their backgrounds, families, cancer diagnosis, and advice to those in similar situations. Following each woman’s story, an inspirational quotation is extracted from her narrative to help motivate readers.
Readers will be inspired and empowered as they become privy to the real lives of these fabulous women. These powerful women also shared stories about the challenges they faced and how they remained inspired while navigating their daily lives. They also discussed the role of the challenges as catalysts to positive personal and professional growth. Readers who are cancer survivors or who have friends or relations going through any debilitating health conditions will find these stories relatable. As I read about the women’s stories, it felt as though they were my friends and that I had known them for a lifetime because they bared it all. I cried with them sometimes and laughed at other times.
At 153 pages, with half of the book made up of beautiful pictures, I finished it in a sitting. The book is orderly and is written from the first-person perspective. It is also written in simple grammar so that everyone can read and understand it. It is worthy of note that the portraits of these 50 women are profound. The contents of each woman’s bucket list are divulged in the book. Readers will see how the bereaved relations of victims grieved and recovered, and the deepest regrets of the victims at death. Through the pages of this book, I could share in the tears, heartbreak, love, laughter, and fun felt by the participants of this significant project. Readers will feel the immense gratitude from some of these women’s remission stories and the intense grief felt by those whose relations didn’t pull through the treatment. Survivors who were on the brink of kicking the bucket before they miraculously pulled through shared some advice as well.
The best part of this inspiring book is that every woman who reads this book would have picked the brain of 50 truly fabulous women who have shared their brave stories. The insights divulged in this book will help readers learn to listen to their bodies, so they know when to have a doctor’s visit and nip any cancerous tumor in the bud. The author did an outstanding job with the depiction of the women; the portraits are beautiful and could not be more glamorous. The book looked like a photo album; this added fun and color to my reading experience.
I enjoyed reading 50 Fabulous Women: Every Woman Has A Story by Janiece McCarthy. One improvement I would like to see in this book is that the women’s names be attached to their pictures for clarity. It will help avoid mistaking one woman’s narrative with the other. The book appeared to be professionally edited because I found only a few typographical errors in it. It contains no profanity or sexual content. For the above reasons, I rate the book four out of four stars. I did not give it a lower rating because its contents are invaluable. I recommend it to everyone, particularly women and the men in their lives.
50 Fabulous Women
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