Once I arrived home from the doctor’s office I knew that I wanted to journal my fears and questions, and what had been happening to my body for the past few months. Writing was a tool I had used most of my life to rise above, or outshine, sexual abuse, family alcoholism, untimely deaths, and divorce. After I heard the fateful words, “You have cancer,” recovered from surgery, gone through chemotherapy, and had begun a new life as a cancer survivor, a friend asked if she could read my journal. Days later she called to encourage me to publish my journal saying, “Women need to read this.”
Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is a story of my survival, and that cancer, other diseases, or life-changing events are challenges from which there are opportunities for self-growth, ministry, and living more fully. God’s gift to me was my ability to write; the publication of this book is my gift to God.
• Step one was to journal and write stories about my life, goals, and fears as an adolescent, imagining that someday my words would help others.
• I explored the magical, informative, and historical world of literature; thereby, unconsciously determining the style of writing and subjects I enjoyed.
• My journal about a life threatening illness was put into a publishing format after encouragement from others.
• An important step was to trust a friend, who is an English professor, to read my novel and non-fiction manuscripts for objective feedback.
• Seeking publication for both manuscripts by contacting publishers and agents required courage and willingness to receive rejection letters.
• I followed the advice of my publisher, accepted challenges and critiques, and worked hard through the publishing and selling processes.
If you dream to be a published author, then I say, “Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from traveling the sometimes bumpy, difficult, and rewarding road to make your dream come true.”
About the Author:
I am a retired registered nurse with a master’s degree in human development. My areas of nursing experience were hospice, epilepsy, and wellness. I have experience in writing on wellness, stress management, and health issues; public speaking; and leading seminars and classes. I co-authored a published article in a nursing journal titled “The Living Tree of Nursing Theories.” I am continuing my writing career with two novels on which I am currently working.
I write a weekly blog on a variety of subjects providing information and inspiration about health/wellness, relationships, cancer, and spirituality.
Even though I am a nurse I did not recognize the subtle symptom of ovarian cancer I was experiencing. Since the majority of women diagnosed with this lesser known disease do not survive 5 years, proceeds from my book go to ovarian cancer research.
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