Official Review: Breast Cancer, an Emotional Journey

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Official Review: Breast Cancer, an Emotional Journey

Post by Kelebogile Mbangi » 11 Apr 2018, 13:43

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Breast Cancer, an Emotional Journey" by Margaret P Barnhart.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Breast Cancer, an Emotional Journey is a nonfiction book by Margaret P. Barnhart.

Early in the year of 1987, Margaret felt a lump in her breast. Soon after, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was scheduled for a mastectomy. Then, her internist called her and told her about the need for chemotherapy. Margaret states, "Suddenly, the accumulation of wisdom and experience was inadequate. My religious beliefs flew away. I felt lost." Her experience with cancer threw her into emotional turmoil. Initially, she used the writing and artwork contained in this book as therapy and as a means to express herself creatively. She later decided to publish it because she realized that many still battle against cancer and the wild range of emotions that come with it. She wanted them to know that they are not alone.

Breast Cancer, an Emotional Journey contains the author's narration about her battle against cancer. It also contains beautiful, heartfelt pieces of poetry. Some of these pieces were written at the author's lowest points. Let me highlight just two of my favourites. One piece, "A Hand Full of Hair", touched me to the core. This poem is about the author's pain when she realised that she was losing her hair. Another piece, "Loss of Hair", brought to light how that side effect of chemotherapy brought up so many unexpected feelings and questions. Was it vanity that caused her so much pain over this loss? Or, was it because it was one more reminder that she had cancer? I think others who are battling cancer will be able to identify with the raw feelings expressed in these poems.

Another wonderful feature is the artwork and illustrations. I loved that the author added commentary and discussed when and how she came to create those visual pieces. They took me through a range of emotions. Especially the drawing where she is limply carrying daffodils, which were just another reminder for her that she had cancer.

This book was self published. This is apparent in its formatting. However, I feel that it adds to the book's free-flowing feel. The author's honest expressions are not stifled by strict formatting rules. Yet, it is still neat and pleasant to the eye. It is not cluttered or chaotic.

I cannot think of a single thing that I disliked about this book. I have to rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to all those fighting the same battle against cancer that the author fought. I believe it will be a source of comfort. I also recommend it to those without cancer. It will help you to appreciate the inner strength required by cancer patients and survivors.

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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Apr 2018, 07:54

There are so many people who go through this. It's nice to have someone share their experiences so that others can relate when going through something similar. I wish the author luck in her journey and hope that she continues to beat this disease!
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Post by cpru68 » 13 Apr 2018, 14:17

What a wonderful way for a cancer survivor to come forward after all the pain and struggle and give others a touch of comfort through her own experience. I have found in life that I cannot fully comprehend another person's struggles if I have not had that circumstance personally. So, to have a person who had to walk that road to the other side, and she documented that journey through poetry and artwork..what a gem of literature for all to read. I would find this especially useful maybe in a cancer treatment center as a useful tool to not only help the physical side of the patient, but to help the mind stay in peace. Great review. Thank you.

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Post by melissy370 » 13 Apr 2018, 16:18

It is great that the author found an outlet for her pain and suffering. Even better that it will help others in that same predicament.

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Post by vishwas+1 » 13 Apr 2018, 23:48

Battling cancer is really difficult.The review tells us the emotional and physical pain the writer went through.How initially she used her writing as just a therapy but later decided to share it with the whole world through this book.Incredible!

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Post by crediblereading2 » 15 Apr 2018, 23:07

Breast cancer and other forms of cancer are debilitating and usually fatal diseases of the body. Anyone affected by them feels so lost and hopeless because they usually lead to death. In this age of information, there are many natural aids for treating cancer, instead of resorting to chemotherapy. For example, putting the gel from the aloe plant into a glass of water and drinking it before going to bed each night, can aid in fighting the cancer cells.

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Post by kinyaemulatyamatt » 16 Apr 2018, 08:20

Not many people are enlightened about cancer. It is very interesting that the author decided to share her experience with the entire populaces. I should go through "Breast Cancer, an Emotional Journey" to be acquainted with the knowledge about cancer.

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Post by kinyaemulatyamatt » 16 Apr 2018, 08:36

Not many people are enlightened about breast cancer. it is very intriguing that the author made up her mind to share her experience with the entire populaces. I envisage to be acquainted with the knowledge about breast cancer after going through "Breast Cancer, an Emotional Journey".

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Post by Kelebogile Mbangi » 18 Apr 2018, 12:07

cpru68 wrote:
13 Apr 2018, 14:17
What a wonderful way for a cancer survivor to come forward after all the pain and struggle and give others a touch of comfort through her own experience. I have found in life that I cannot fully comprehend another person's struggles if I have not had that circumstance personally. So, to have a person who had to walk that road to the other side, and she documented that journey through poetry and artwork..what a gem of literature for all to read. I would find this especially useful maybe in a cancer treatment center as a useful tool to not only help the physical side of the patient, but to help the mind stay in peace. Great review. Thank you.
I agree completely. It really was brave of her to share her experience. Its a beautiful book.
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Post by Libs_Books » 18 Apr 2018, 14:43

This does sound like a very special book - I may this recommendation on to someone who would really appreciate it. Many thanks.

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Post by Kelebogile Mbangi » 19 Apr 2018, 00:51

Libs_Books wrote:
18 Apr 2018, 14:43
This does sound like a very special book - I may this recommendation on to someone who would really appreciate it. Many thanks.
I hope it will be of comfort to them.
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