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Sunday, November 25, 2007

 

Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors

Good morning fellow Bloggesses!

As most of you are aware, November is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The ladies at WOW are strong supporters of breast cancer prevention and do our part to help bring awareness. I have found a fantastic new call for submissions to the Cup of Comfort book series.

There will be a book coming out called, “A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors.” I’ve actually known about this submission call for a few months now but it’s hit close to home for me since—only in the last few weeks—four women close to me have been diagnosed and are currently fighting breast cancer. Four! And one of these ladies isn’t much older than I am. These brave women inspired me to do my part to help bring awareness on the prevention side. For starters, I do my monthly self-exam and have decided to do a yearly mammogram.

Let’s all do our part—as women and writers—to bring awareness, encourage prevention and help to bring comfort to those currently fighting breast cancer. I entered a story for consideration to Cup of Comfort about my grandmother who fought (and beat) breast cancer twice. And she beat it in the fifties when they didn’t have the medical interventions they have today. She was truly one of the strongest women I’ve ever known.

So, for my grandmother and all women fighting breast cancer, I encourage you to share your stories of enlightenment, courage, strength and inspiration. Not only will you be reaching out to someone with your story, you also have a chance to win $5,000 (with another $5000 contributed to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and publication of your story in Redbook magazine!) See details below and good luck.

Happy writing!
Chynna
http://www.lilywolfwords.ca/

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A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer SurvivorsIt has been said that "stories are medicine" and that "one of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is to share our stories." This collection will include compelling, inspiring, and uplifting personal essays about the experiences and emotions of living with—and living after—breast cancer. Possible story themes include but are not limited to: diagnosis, treatment, emotional impact, support systems, healthy lifestyle practices, emotional healing, coping mechanisms, impact on loved ones, effect on friendships, effect on career/work, effect on romance/intimacy, life lessons learned, personal transformation, silver linings, gratitude, triumph over trials, body image, and more. All themes and writing styles considered, as long as the story is positive.Exclusively for the Breast Cancer Survivors volume, Adams Media is working in partnership with Redbook Magazine and will award a $5,000 grand prize as well as bonus prizes for three runner-up stories.

For complete contest rules, click here.

Submission Deadline: 12/31/2007

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2 Comments:

Blogger Sue said...

Thanks for your inspiration and your thoughtfulness, Chynna! This is a timely reminder for me to get going on my annual donations to charities and other vital organizations.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Morgan said...

Hi, Chynna! We meet again. I was web surfing for blog mentions of breast cancer and found this. You had an earlier post that referred to my Writer's Digest article on the use of swear words in fiction. When I read your post, I thought I'd mention that my Tess Camillo mystery series features a breast cancer survivor, who actually solves her first murder while recovering from a mastectomy. And yes, it's based on my own experience.

All best,
Morgan Hunt

11:23 PM  

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