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Book Review: Healing With Words by Diana M. Raab

Healing with WordsTitle: Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey
Author: Diana M. Raab
Paperback: 206 pages
Genre: Memoir; Self-Help
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Language: English


About the Book:

Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey is a compassionate and wry self-help memoir written by an award-winning author, nurse and poet, who at the age of forty-seven found her life shattered first by a DCIS (early breast cancer) diagnosis and five years later by another, seemingly unrelated and incurable cancer—multiple myeloma.


Before I begin my review, I’d like to share a passage from Diana M. Raab’s new book, Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey:

“It seems as if the past couple of weeks have been surreal. A thick cloud suspends over me. How did I get here? I was diligent about my annual mammograms and check-ups. On the first day of my menstrual cycle, I religiously did self-breast exams in the shower. There is no cancer in my family. Why am I lying here all mutilated?”

Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey is Diana M. Raab’s second foray into the world of writing but her first journey into the world of healing. By combining the two, she has written a memoir that not only pulls on the heartstrings but helps to show us the power of the written word in our everyday lives and how we can utilize that to heal. Keeping that in mind, I began to read Diana’s story.

At the age of forty-seven, Diana (who incidentally had no cancer in her family) was diagnosed with breast cancer. Enduring a mastectomy and the pain and embarrassment associated with it, Diana never really fully healed mentally. She found herself depressed (she had every reason to feel this way) after the operation which left her feeling less of a woman. Five years later, she was diagnosed again with an incurable cancer this time – multiple myeloma.

This is Diana’s story. What is unique about her story is that over the course of her journey dealing with cancer, she decided to take up journaling to talk about her experiences and in so doing discovered something so powerful that pills couldn’t even touch – the power of healing through words – intimate words, gut-wrenching soul-searching words that enabled her to talk about her feelings and emotions that were always bottled up inside of her, thus inhibiting her ability to full heal until they all spilled out onto paper.

Thus, Diana decided she not only was going to tell her story but by incorporating an interactive question and answer section to the back of every chapter, it would enable those who had cancer themselves to put their own words on paper and discover what a healing process it was. By doing this, they would find it would alleviate some of the stress which is so detrimental in the healing process.

Healing With Words: A Writers Cancer Journey takes us down Diana’s path of fears and frustrations. You’ll definitely need something to wipe your eyes as this is a story that will touch you deeply, no matter if you have cancer or not. Diana’s words are powerful, yet sensitive to the plight of a woman’s journey who is given the diagnosis of cancer and should not only be read by victims of the disease, but loved ones as well.

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Healing With Words, A Writer’s Cancer Journey – author interview – Diana Raab

 Diana M. Raab, MFA, RN, has been a medical and self-help writer and poet for the past thirty-five years. In 2003, she earned her MFA in Writing from Spalding University. Diana is the author of eight books, including her first memoir, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal the recipient of the 2009 Mom’s Choice Award for Adult Non-Fiction and the 2009 National Indie Award for Excellence in Memoir. She’s editor of Writers and Their Notebooks, a collection of essays she compiled by esteemed writers who use journals to inform their work. Diana teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She frequently moderates panels at conferences across the country, with a focus on writing for healing.

 website: http://www.dianaraab.com

blog: http://www.dianaraab.com/blog

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Healing-With-Words/132549903424367

 twitter: http://twitter.com/dianaraab


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Q: Thank you for this interview, Diana. Can you tell us what your latest book, Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey, is all about?

A: It is a self-help memoir in the form of prose, poetry and private journal entries about my cancer journey. It explains how I embraced the process of healing and turned a negative into a positive by writing about it. My goal now is for my words and journey to help others who are embarking on a similar path.

Q: Is this your first book?  If not, how has writing this book different from writing your others?


A: No. This is my 8th  book. Writing his book was different from the others because of its very personal and emotional nature. It was a book written from the depths of my emotional reserve. Those who know me said they really got to know me better after reading it.

Q: How difficult was it writing your book?  Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?


A:  Thankfully I never encountered writer’s block. This was an easy book to write because it was one I needed to write in order to heal.

 Q: How have your fans embraced your latest book?  Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?

A: My readers have given the book stellar reviews. Some adjectives used to describe the book include: powerful, poignant, insightful, inspirational, compassionate, wry, concise and painfully honest. It is fast-paced and a quick read.

Q: What is your daily writing routine?


A: Each morning, while still in bed I write in my journal for at least 20 minutes. I then have my coffee, get dressed and head down to my writing studio. I answer a few emails and get writing. More often than not, these days I am having to spend more time marketing my work on-line, but I try to do some creative work every day.

Q: When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?


A: I meditate, practice yoga, workout, walk on the beach with my dog, hike, and travel

Q: What book changed your life?

A: The private journals of Anaïs Nin.

Q: If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?


A: The Power of Perseverance, Resilience and Love

Q: Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”


A: I live to write.

Thank you for this interview Diana. I wish you much success on your latest release, Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey.

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