Joy Is a Plum Colored Acrobat: 45 Life-Affirming Visualizations for Breast Cancer Treatment and Recovery Hardcover – Sep 21 2004
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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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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.
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
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