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The Language of Healing
Daily Comfort for Women Living with Breast Cancer
Pat Benson, Linda Dackman, Foreword by Karen Casey
ISBN: 9781573246316
Book (Paperback)
Conari Press
$14.95
5 x 7
176 pages
April 1, 2014


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"The resilient spirit of moving through fear, loss, and grief to arrive at peace is present on every page of this lovely book." -Karen Casey, author of Each Day a New Beginning and Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow
This wise little book of 150 meditations is like a breast cancer support group. It is exactly what a woman recuperating in her hospital bed or during any of the other milestones of treatment and recovery might need—the advice and wisdom of other women who have preceded her in confronting breast cancer.

Gathered here are moving reflections, anecdotes, and practical information for women concerned with or diagnosed with this disease. Built upon the experiences of women of all ages–women who have undergone all types of breast surgery and treatments from lumpectomy and mastectomy to radiation and chemotherapy; women who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay–the reflections touch upon topics as universal as fear and grief and as intimate as sex.

The meditations help women:
  • discover healing insights and support
  • explore options for defining a “new normal”
  • commit to living each and every moment, fully and fearlessly


Every three minutes a woman in America is diagnosed with breast cancer. Shocking but true. And The Language of Healing is a place for all those women to find comfort and strength, day by day, and a reminder that breast cancer patients–at any stage of the disease or of their recovery–are not alone.

Pat Benson is the former publicist and rights director at Hazelden Publishing. She was also a national buyer for B. Dalton/B&N. She currently provides freelance writing and editing services to clients whose work promotes personal growth and a more just and compassionate world. She lives with her husband in Stillwater, MN. She was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago. The Language of Healing is her first book.
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Linda Dackman is the author of UpFront: Sex and the Post-Mastectomy Woman, which inspired a movie for Lifetime. She is the Public Information Director Emeritus for the Exploratorium, a museum of science and art in San Francisco. Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer 27 years ago and served as a "Reach for Recovery" peer counselor for the American Cancer Society. This is her third book.
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Karen Casey is a writer and workshop facilitator for 12-step recovery. Her first book, Each Day a New Beginning, has sold more than 3 million copies. She has published 28 books since then including Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow, which was a finalist for the MS Society Books for a Better Life Awards. She has traveled throughout North America and Europe carrying her message of hope for others on the road to recovery.
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