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Because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, author Diana M. Raab has embarked upon another virtual book tour in conjunction with WOW! Women on Writing.

Healing with Words – A Writer’s Cancer Journey is a beautiful and inspiring compilation of the author’s experiences from the point that she was called to return for further mammography to her diagnosis, consideration of treatment options, and treatment. She reflects about her life experiences and shares some of her poetry and journal entries. The book is also replete with prompts and tips designed to help readers begin writing in order to express their own personal stories, work through their own emotional responses to their own or a loved one’s diagnosis, and begin the process of healing through journaling. You can read my full review by clicking here.


Diana Raab, MFA, RN
Diana M. Raab, MFA, RN was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1954. She received her undergraduate degree in Health Administration and Journalism in 1976, earning an RN degree a few years. In 2003 she earned her MFA in Writing from Spalding University’s low-residency program.

After 25 years as a medical and self-help writer, Raab began publishing her poetry and memoirs. Today, she is the author of seven books, in addition to Healing With Words – A Writer’s Cancer Journey. Her first memoir, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal (2007) was honored with the 2009 Mom’s Choice Award for Adult Non-Fiction, and the 2009 National Indie Award for Excellence in Memoir. Other works include Getting Pregnant and Staying Pregnant (1989), which was recently updated and revised under the new title, Your High Risk Pregnancy: A Practical and Supportive Guide (2009); one poetry chapbook, My Muse Undresses Me, and two poetry collections, Dear Anais: My Life in Poems For You, winner of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Award for Poetry and The Guilt Gene. She is also the editor of an anthology, Writers and Their Notebooks (USC Press 2010), a collection of essays written by distinguished writers who journal, including Sue Grafton, Kim Stafford, Dorianne Laux, John DuFresne, James Brown and Michael Steinberg, and featuring a foreword by world-renowned personal essayist, Phillip Lopate.

Raab teaches creative journaling and memoir in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, facilitates workshops in journaling and writing for healing, and frequently moderates panels on writing.

Enter to win a copy of Healing with Words – A Writer’s Cancer Journey

You have two chances to win a copy of Healing with Words – A Writer’s Cancer Journey!

1. Each time you visit the sites participating in the WOW! Women on Writing Tour and leave a comment — including comments published on this post — you will be entered in the contest to win one copy of the book that is being awarded by the author to a randomly selected reader.

The other participating sites are:

October 1 – No Thanks, I’ll Work for Myself
October 3 – My Thoughts On . . .
October 4 – Meryl’s Notes
October 5 – Mom Blog
October 6 – The Eclectic Writer
October 7 – Mother-Daughter Book Club
October 8 – Caring for Our Blessings
October 9 – The Write Time
October 10 – Beverly’s Bookshelf
October 11 – The Gift Blog
October 12 – Musings by Lynn
October 13 – Kristie Lorette
October 14 – Four Rooms
October 15 – Jacquelyn Mitchard
October 16 – The Writing Vein
October 17 – Writing in the Buff
October 18 – Read These Books and Use Them
October 19 – My Happily Ever After Again
October 20 – Phantom Paragrapher
October 21 – Words from the Hear
October 22 – Readin’n Writin’
October 23 – Life Unedited
October 24 – Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist
October 25 – Adventure Salon
October 26 – Zee Monodee Author’s Corner
October 27 – Mom-e-centric
October 28 – Words by Webb
October 29 – Musings from the Slushpile
October 31 – I’ll Have What She’s Having

2. I am also giving away one copy of Healing with Words – A Writer’s Cancer Journey in recognition of the many women I have known over the years who have battled breast cancer, but especially in honor of my dear friend of 33 years and the woman who is my sons’ godmother, Barbara. She is in the midst of treatment right now.

Mandatory Entry: Read and comment on my review. Make sure to include your email address (for notification purposes)!

Bonus Entries:

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The book can only be shipped to a United States or Canadian address (no P.O. box).

Entry Deadline:

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time)

Piroska was selected at random as the winner!

Thank you to all who participated in the giveaway!


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  2. I stopped over to read your review because I have a friend who just finished with her treatments for cancer. Your review was good. That author has written tons of interesting books!

  3. Our daughter has a desire to write. This book may be most inspirational to her. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

  4. I read your review and was touched by how you responded to how the book becomes an interactive journaling-type of experience, not just reading her account but becoming involved in one’s own connection to the subject.

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  6. Good review! My mother died of cancer. I don’t there is anyone that has not had cancer touch their lives, in one way or another.

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  7. I follow via GFC.
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  8. I follow via Networked BLogs (under my name, Piroska).
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  9. I follow via Twitter
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  10. I follow via email.
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  11. Shepdaddy

    Good review. My wife lost her Mother to cancer as a young girl and we have two daughters together. I am a follower.

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