As many of you know, cancer has played a big role in my family. I lost both my only sibling and my father to cancer, and my mother is a lung cancer survivor (so far). And I, like everyone I know, have also had many, many friends who have fought this insipid disease, and some of these friends have won and some haven't.
Having been in the position of cancer patient caregiver, I've seen many different things that can work to help cancer patients. In addition to traditional Western methods (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, etc.), I've seen nutritional programs, prayer, acupuncture, massage therapy, meditation and imagery all play a role in cancer recovery.
My father considered himself an atheist. Despite this, he used both meditation and imagery daily in his fight against cancer. Although he eventually succumbed, when he was first diagnosed he was given a year and a half to live. He extended that time, through many different treatments and Herculean will, and he lived 9 more years, years that saw my nephew grow into a young person, saw my marriage, saw me enter a doctoral program at his alma mater. These were huge life events for him, and we're all delighted that we were able to share those times with him.
Diana Losciale edited PINK PRAYER BOOK.
From the Amazon page:
Here in one special book are the prayers, hopes, fears, and comforts of women who have had breast cancer and the families affected by the disease. The all too common diagnosis of breast cancer can send a woman into such a frightening place that the support of others becomes terribly important, and their prayers essential. This book can turn the "mourning into dancing" for thousands of women. --Cokie Roberts, ABC News, NPR, author and breast cancer survivor.
Inspired and written by breast cancer patients and survivors, and the mothers, daughters, sisters, brothers, husbands, and friends that surround them, Pink Prayer Book is deeply personal, yet universally evocative.
From the first realization of diagnosis through treatment, recovery, and the hope of lasting remission, Pink Prayer Book offers prayers for the journey into healing. Incorporating Scriptures and Psalms, this book offers support within a joyous healing network. These wonderfully personal prayers lift hearts and voices to ask for God's healing and never-ending love.
Diana is now putting together a second collection, and she's putting out a call for help:
"I am trying to reach people in every state this time and would appreciate your sharing this if you would consider it.
This is NOT an evangelical book.
It will be, simply, a collection of originally written prayers.
All contributors whose prayers are accepted for publication in the book receive two copies of the book.
And a byline, mentioning their name, their relationship to the cancer survivor AND the state/country from which they hale.
I know. This is a bit of a presumption on my part; but I learned when doing PINK PRAYER BOOK book that it doesn't hurt to ask. Those who can write and share a prayer jump right on doing it; others demure, which is totally cool.
In case you would consider participating and even in sharing this request, here are the "rules":
1) Original prayer written by cancer survivor OR friend OR family member.
2) Length: Anywhere from two lines to 20 ... or more.
3) Include name, email address, relationship to cancer survivor (i.e., survivor, friend, family)
4) Can be any faith; or, along the lines of a mantra or "something special" repeated as verbal offering.
5) The book will be divided into 3 sections which they can keep in mind as they write, or not! (a ) prayers upon hearing the diagnosis b) prayers during treatment and healing c) prayers on surviving and thriving
Of course, I am putting this collection together in the next 6 weeks and would love to have prayers within the next 2 weeks or so. I have found that if people are interested and want to do it, they just go ahead and do it.
Prayer writers do NOT have to be writers. Nor professionals at all in terms of writing."
This is a generous offer from someone to allow us to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and in the lives of those who love them. I know I would have taken a great deal of comfort from such a collection.
I know that many writers read this blog, but more importantly, that many compassionate people read this blog.
If you feel you can help, please send your writing to:
dlosciale at sbcglobal dot net
Thank you, and have a lovely Saturday!