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Joy Is a Plum Colored Acrobat: 45 Life-Affirming Visualizations for Breast Cancer Treatment and Recovery [Hardcover]

Wendy Burton


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Book Description

Sept. 21 2004
A few years ago, Wendy Burton was diagnosed with breast cancer. Shortly after her diagnosis, she happened upon some extremely positive and life-saving guidance from a tape of visualizations that led her down a whole new creative path. Her imaginings of tiny Cirque du Soleil acrobats leaping lightly through her breast ducts, with brightly colored beach umbrellas protecting her good cells as little chimney sweeps scurried through and swept away all of the cancerous cells, were so helpful for her throughout the process that she had to write them down and began sharing them with friends who were struggling with their own diagnoses. After months of searching, Wendy found an extraordinary artist in Italy whose work is vivid, lively, and just surreal enough to perfectly complement Wendy’s visualizations.

The result is Joy Is a Plum Colored Acrobat, the first breast cancer companion that is so uplifting and so lovely, it is a dream come true for all women diagnosed with breast cancer, and for those who love them and want to give them a beautiful package of hope. In forty-five beautifully crafted visualizations, Wendy Burton transforms the feelings of fear and powerlessness that accompany a diagnosis of breast cancer into a delightful and nourishing journey of the imagination. Positive and practical, with vibrant four-color illustrations throughout, Joy Is a Plum Colored Acrobat is an inspiring, helpful, and nonintrusive gift for women about to undergo treatment, and an indispensable guide for the journey.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (Sept. 21 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400054796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400054794
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,762,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In her introduction, freelance literary agent and book designer Burton explains that studies, which she never actually cites, have proven visualizations can positively impact a person's health. She claims that letting her imagination run wild while in a deep state of relaxation made her own bout with breast cancer brief, easy and, oddly enough, "a joy." In this gift book for women who've been diagnosed with breast cancer, she advises readers to engage in any one of 45 different visualization exercises either before, during or after their treatments. Many of the scenarios involve motifs of umbrellas that shield healthy cells from a chemical rain while the cancer cells are killed; circus acrobats that push diseased cells out of the body as they jump and tumble; and honey that coats healthy breast tissue. Contemporary, eye-catching illustrations accompany each visualization to help provoke the reader's imagination. Some of Burton's suggestions, such as envisioning a space ship flying through breast ducts, may be unappealing for women in a sterile and cold hospital environment. But others, such as imagining oneself atop a 12,000-foot mountain, with green and rust lichen on the rocks beneath one's feet, will provide women with a supportive structure for coping with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. 40 color illus.
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About the Author

Wendy Burton has worked in the publishing industry for twenty-seven years, both in Northern California and in New York City. She is a photographer, designer, and freelance literary agent specializing in illustrated books. She lives in Red Hook, New York, with her husband. Joy Is a Plum Colored Acrobat is her first book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highest Recommendation! Jan. 27 2005
By Peaceful Survivor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book got me through my breast cancer treatment. It was truly a lifeline. Just at the moment that i thought i couldn't cope this book really gave me a way. I continue to use some of these images when life is difficult. I highly recommend this book!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Library Journal Review March 5 2005
By LJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Library Journal

With the approach of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we see a spate of publications designed to help women learn to cope with and conquer breast cancer through information and awareness. And with good reason. Deaths from breast cancer have remained constant over the last few years--though they're still at a high of 40,000. Yet the number of new cases has risen steadily, with 216,000 predicted for 2004 (up from 184,000 in 2000). Is the increase in documented diagnoses owing to the disease's virulence or society's new vigilance? Whichever holds true, breast cancer remains a threat to women's lives and psyches. These books will let women face those challenges and take control. Burton, a publishing industry veteran, eschewed the traditional combative imagery (becoming warriors, killing cells, doing battle) in favor of more colorful and celebratory visualizations to ease her journey through breast cancer. This tiny book will bring comfort to patients who believe that life-affirming will help overcome life-threatening. For all consumer health collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book for Breast Cancer Patients Jan. 28 2005
By Sharon Kern Taub - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a psychotherapist, I was thrilled to come upon this book. I have recommended it to my patients who have breast cancer. It contains such powerful tools!

Being diagnosed with breast cancer and having to cope with treatment and all its ramifications is overwhelming. Nothing in life prepares us to deal with getting this diagnosis. Burton's book provides a road map for coping on a daily basis. It gives the breast cancer patient visualizations that takes her mind away from the problem and starts an emotional healing process. For those patients who are not familiar with visualization or relaxation techniques, this book introduces an important coping mechanism that actually has been shown (NIH studies) to boost the immune system of cancer patients.

The book can be read all at once or a little bit at at time. My patients report constantly referring to it through their treatment and calling upon favorite images at other times in their recovery.

I highly recommend this book for everyone with breast cancer and for survivors.

Sharon Kern-Taub, LCSW, BCD
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Feb. 26 2008
By Pen Name - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A beautifully written book--inspiring in the author's poetic application of a positive attitude and inner strength.
5.0 out of 5 stars A very lovely, wonderful book. May 12 2008
By Elle Racine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
One of the most wonderful books I have ever read. I inadvertently found this book in the self-help section of the Park Slope Barnes & Noble. I'm not a victim of breast cancer directly, yet I've known friends who have passed and others who survive Stage 5. I found the life affirming, visualization techniques to be instrumental in my own healing processes. I return to this simple, beautiful and eloquent book, when I need hope and peace. Its a very lovely expression and testimony of Wendy's courage and strength; honest, inspiring and genuine.

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