Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey – Diana M. Raab

Posted: November 14, 2011 in Book Reviews
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           Healing with Words is a memoir of a woman’s battle with cancer and her struggle to understand and heal her life afterwards. Diana Raab is diagnosed with breast cancer at the early age of 47 and manages to beat it, only to be diagnosed with an unrelated and incurable cancer 5 years later. Raab comes to use her journaling as a way of healing and validation. The book includes several personal journal entries as well as poems that have been written by the author and she has included writing prompts for readers to journal about their own cancer stories.

Raab’s memoir is very accessible to the reader. It flows in a natural, easy, and conversational way. Her poetry is intimate and allows the reader to see into her thoughts and emotions as she is dealing with her diagnosis and treatment. Raab never sugar coats the things she felt or experienced. Instead, she gives her honest feelings and opinions on everything from the doctors to the depression that came after surgery. The journaling prompts that are included are creative and urge the reader to recount parts of their own journey with cancer. Many readers who have suffered from cancer will find the exercises to be cathartic and perhaps even healing. This memoir is a fresh and honest piece that shows how cancer can touch everyone and the obstacles that one must overcome in order to survive it.

Disclosure: I received my copy of this book free from The Book Divas Group. However, this had no impact on my opinion or review of the book.

  1. phylis says:

    This is a great review. Having gone through cancer myself, it is wonderful to have a book like this. I think a lot of people don’t realize how helpful to share like experiences.

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