Speak the Language of Healing: Living With Breast Cancer Without Going to War

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Susan Kuner
Conari Press, Oct 1, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 221 pages

Four women--each diagnosed with breast cancer--were dismayed to learn that the conventional vocabulary for healing is a language characterized by a terminology of warfare and survivorship, with winners and losers. Speak the Language of Healing is the product of their collective experience in developing a new framework for the emotional stages of illness and a new means to talk about it. Their experiences reflect their four different spiritual backgrounds--Christian, Jewish, Sufi, and Twelve-Step--but they all felt the need to rewrite the combative language of illness with words emphasizing relationship, integration, and spirit. And although the authors were breast cancer patients, their search for meaning, purpose, and emotional balance is universal to anyone facing a life-threatening disease.

 

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Contents

How This Book Came to
1
How to Speak the Language of Healing
15
THE FIVE STAGES OF TRANSFORMATION
21
THE STAGE OF CHAOS
43
THREE Does God Get to Vote?
61
THE STAGE OF CHOICES
75
FIVE Do I Hold On or Let Go?
95
THE STAGE OF COMMUNITY
125
THE STAGE OF SPIRIT
147
NINE What Have I Learned?
165
Afterword 135
185
Acknowledgments
211
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About the author (1999)

Sarah Quigley is a freelance writer, teacher, and editor. In 1996, Ms. Quigley was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. More than once, when fear threatened to take over, her husband has reminded her, "I know a really good book about that you wrote it maybe you should read it again!" The mother of two children, she and her husband live in Galveston, Texas, and Gainesville, Florida.


Carol Orsborn is the author of several books, including Return from Exile, Inner Excellence at Work, and The Art of Resilience. One of the co-authors of Speak the Language of Healing, winner of an Independent Publisher Book Award, she lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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