Meet Me: Writers in St. Louis
by Catherine Rankovic
Are We Feeling Better Yet?
by Colleen McKee and Amanda Stiebel
In this collection of 21 essays, women from around the country recount their individual efforts to access and receive quality health care within the formidable structure of the U.S. health care system. Their many voices speak with clarity, poignancy, and humor about situations familiar to all who have entered a health care setting on behalf of themselves or loved ones. These penetrating stories cover a spectrum of health care conditions, but they unify around the themes of strong self-advocacy and personal empowerment. The book is an enlightening read not only for the health consuming public, but also for health care professionals and for health policymakers.
Copyright © 2008.
By Qiu Xiaolong
Breast Cancer: One Illness, Two Women, Four Seasons
by Mary Ellen Havard and Mary Openlander
In the spring of the year 2000, Mary Ellen Havard was diagnosed with breast cancer. She writes that, on hearing those words, “my world flew apart. I was pulled in opposing directions, living in two worlds. There was the one of curling up in a ball and crying, refusing to eat, refusing to sleep, refusing to think. There was the other of facing the issues and making a plan. I had a job to do, and that job was survival.” As part of the job of survival, she kept a journal of her experience. The act of journalizing, suggested by Mary Openlander, a Trager® practitioner who became part of Mary Ellen’s cancer treatment team, began as a way to rein in fear and uncertainty and became part of the healing process. Simultaneously, Mary maintained her own written record of their treatment sessions. After independently documenting their thoughts and impressions for more than a year, Mary Ellen and Mary combined their separate journal entries to create Breast Cancer: One Illness, Two Women, Four Seasons. Not a “how-to” book, Breast Cancer is the account of one woman’s experience through which we come to see how illness can be transformative— providing opportunities for growth— and how empathic care can help to redefine what it means to “get well.”
Notes from Paris
by Winnie Sullivan
Join Winnie and Robin as they set out to explore the sights and sounds of the City of Light during a ten-day whirlwind visit. Begun as a travel journal, this compilation of personal reflections, historical notes, and original illustrations captures the joy of travel— the spontaneity, the exhilaration, and the wonder— as a shared experience between friends.