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by Mary L. Maas

Mary L. Maas has a new book, SISTERHOOD OF THE WOUNDED BREAST, available on Amazon.com in print and as an eBook.  Her book is a collection of women’s journeys through breast cancer.  “Each chapter was written, or given to me to write, by individuals whose essay and experience is as unique as they themselves are.”

This book was written to give hope and encouragement to those who have been diagnosed, or are receiving treatments, or will be dignosed in the future.  It seems that every family has someone who is struggling with cancer, or knows someone who is, or has faced a form of this disease.

Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors  August/ September 2015

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by Anita Moorjani

On 2nd February 2006, Anita Moorani experienced what most of us never have!

She crossed over

and came back
to share what she learned.

Doctors at the hospital had given Anita just hours to live when she arrived at the hospital that morning, unable to move as a result of the cancer that had ravaged her body for over three years.

Anita shares her experience of entering another dimension and being given a choice of whether to return to life or not.  She experienced great clarity and understanding of her life and purpose here on earth.

Her fascinating and moving near-death experience in early 2006 tremendously changed her perspective on life, and her work is now ingrained with the deep insights she gained while in the other realm. She shares much of her personal story and transformation in her bestselling book: DYING TO BE ME: MY JOURNEY FROM CANCER, TO NEAR DEATH, TO TRUE HEALING.

Anita Moorjani was born in Singapore of Hindu parents from India, moved to Hong Kong at the age of two, and has lived in Hong Kong most of her life. As a result of her near-death experience, Anita speaks at conferences and events around the globe to share her insights.


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by John Green Author

Rave Review Mysterious Galaxy Books

“This is the story of young adults who share something terrible in common, cancer.  Hazel, seventeen, is living on borrowed time due to an experimental drug that has temporarily shrunken tumors in her lungs.  Her life is not easy since she has to wheel her oxygen around with her during the day and hook up to a machine at night.  She is no longer able to attend a regular school but is taking college courses already and is extremely well read and intelligent.  She is the only child of two doting parents who insist on her attending a ‘Cancer Kids Support Group’ where she meets Augustus Walters, who will change what is left of her life.  Handsome and charming and with only a 20% chance of a recurrence of his osteosarcoma, a cancer which has claimed one of his legs, Augustus falls in love with a resistant Hazel.  Their search for Peter Van Houten, Hazel’s favorite author, and their mutual love of Issac, another friend blinded by his own cancer, draw them even closer day by day.  Unfortunately, when you live with cancer, every day is combination of joy and pain, and Green conveys this vividly on every page.  As Augustus points out ‘That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.’  THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is a testament to the this saying, so try not to read the ending in a public place.”- bkh

Dutton Books, $17.99

Mysterious Galaxy Books

San Diego

7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., #302

San Diego, Ca 92111


Redondo Beach

2810 Artesia Blvd.

Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Email: mgbooks@mystgalaxy.com


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      by Barbara Betts

       Have you ever found yourself tangled in a web of adversities and you wanted an escaped route? Caregiver, Barbara Betts, knows from experience that God can sustain you no matter what life dishes out to you. A small unpretentious node would be the beginning of a life threatening disease so destructive that her husband, Bill, would be fighting a battle that would take them to a deep dark pit where the only way out would be a stem cell transplant. What Bill received from the transplant were millions of stem cells, a brother’s gift of love. For Barbara, it would be many discoveries transplanted into her heart with lessons that would forever change her life. You will laugh and cry with her as she shares from a caregiver’s perspective her heart-wrenching personal struggles, disappointments and many victories. Reading her very personal journals will give you valuable information about stem cells transplants. You will appreciate her honesty and will be able to identify with many of her circumstances. I t is easy to read, with a powerful message that is uplifting and encouraging even while seeing up-close some difficult experiences and setbacks. Because all people will face adversities such as sufferings, illness, trials and hardship, the book is relevant to understanding not only how we are to respond to adversities but how God will use adversities for our good and His purposes. It’s a story of God’s amazing intervention.

       Statistics show that one of three people will eventually get cancer. A lot of books have been written about cancer from the patient’s viewpoint, but few from a caregiver’s perspective. All of those cancer patients have someone who will step into the role of a caregiver, and this book addresses insights and challenges they might face. Especially the women caregivers will be able to connect with the author’s emotions and personal experiences while trying to balance their daily lives.

       Readers who are interested in learning about a stem cell transplant and patients who are considering this treatment option will want to read this book.   For example: Just at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston alone, there are over 600 stem cell transplants done annually.   We believe there is a market for this information that will assist both caregivers and patients. There are textbooks and manuals written about stem cell transplants from the medical professionals but seeing this entire experience from the eyes of a caregiver gives a fresher look into the process. These insights will be helpful but even more important will be the spiritual lessons learned that can be applied to anyone who is facing a difficult trial. Caregivers and patients are the target audience, but this book will be of interest to any believer because of the Biblical truths conveyed.

       Barbara & Bill Betts

       Books can be purchased at htpp://www.CrossBooks.com/

       Published by Cross Book Press at www.CrossBooks.com/

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Randy, writer: son, have you taken your medicine today?

      He was already in the hospital when I saw him.   His skin had turned yellow; he needed help to go to the toilet; he had made the decision to die without surgery.   We still hadn’t talked.   He wanted me to know he had taken care of the business…from the tinniest detail to the most important…of his funeral; he had even planned and paid for mother’s funeral too.

      I had not done any of that for myself.   But I didn’t have pancreatic cancer; my life was still incomplete; no reconciliation with death had occurred in me.   It was different for my parents and had been for a long time.

      They had a strong faith.   That kept their lives on a single track with heaven as a destination.   Each passage had been planned and, with planning, had been successfully navigated, so successfully in fact that they were also able to help their kids through scrapes when they occurred.   So after dad retired, with enough saved to get him and mother through to the end, he could sit back and enjoy a bountiful return on all of those years of punching a clock.

       Now here I am, retired from my day job as a Child Protective Services investigator, without the feelings of security and fulfillment my father had when he retired.   My accomplishments have not been enough.   Unlike my father at my age, even after the success in several different careers that I’ve had, I find myself restless and unsatisfied.   Such people, I guessed, are destined for unhappiness. Now in 2008 health problems are emerging, and are wearing away my sharpness.   Only “activity” slows the process; my stopping, just stopping, would hasten it.   I see my writing as medicine, a daily time released capsule; and my doctor said as much.   A page or two a day; and that should keep me healthy, wealthy (I’m not wealthy), and.. stop…I don’t want to admit my brain cells are dying.   How many left?   80% gone before a diagnoses.   Several years from now I won’t…I won’t… I refuse to go there.   And for now, looking on the bright side, I’m writing every day when previously I didn’t, while trying my best to be clear.   Clarity and simplicity are my goals for today.   And to not judge myself too harshly.   Writing for me has been my dream, a dream come true tonight because I’ve written this blog.   All of my satisfaction has to come from the activity of writing; I can’t judge the quality of it.   I try to stay focused on the mechanics and allow my feelings out.

Good night, Randy Ford

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