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Relentlessshope: A Journal for Living with Cancer (Lined Version Sunflower Hope Suess Karlsson

Relentlessshope: A Journal for Living with Cancer (Lined Version Sunflower Hope

Suess Karlsson

Published August 28th 2014
ISBN : 9781500962319
Paperback
326 pages
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Relentless Hope journals (LINED VERSION) are for anyone living with cancer - created by a cancer survivor who understands the journey. If you have begun this journey, this journal will help carry you through.The Relentless Hope Journal is anMoreRelentless Hope journals (LINED VERSION) are for anyone living with cancer - created by a cancer survivor who understands the journey. If you have begun this journey, this journal will help carry you through.The Relentless Hope Journal is an excellent GIFT to give to someone recently diagnosed, to one who has relapsed, or to a cancer warrior who is journeying a 2nd or 3rd time with cancer.With the Relentless Hope Journals you will find questions to answer, memories to share, a place to write your dreams as well as your questions. A simple exercise leads you in developing your own power statement. Cancer has power, but we can choose our response. We can choose to fight it with joy & hope.The journal pages provide over 300 LINED pages of space for customization. Your scribbling. Your doodles. Your emotions. Your beliefs & thoughts.Each section has one sentence regarding one aspect of life. You will create your own mantra to whisper, scream, utter and cling.This journal is flexible. You write the dates. You fill in the blanks. You re-visit any page as often as you desire. Start anywhere. Blank pages are deliberate, as your journey needs different scenes. Be lengthy. Be concise. Add and take away. Begin and end at random.I know what it is like to live with cancer. At 43 years of age, in 2006, a healthy, active, vibrant woman I joined the leagues of cancer patients or warriors. Diagnosed with Stage 4 Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma / Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, my world literally transformed over the course of a few days. Ironically, the average person with SLL/CLL is over 75 years of age and male. You can imagine my thoughts (crazy, angry, stunned, surreal, and disbelieving) as a 43 year-old female. Cancer then is not a respecter of gender, age, profession or nationality. Cancer pops up un-expectantly and usually with a cruel vengeance.Cancer sucks and I well understand it is not an easy journey. After never ending blood-work my priorities altered. My schedule rearranged and a new world of cancer knowledge came at me regarding prognosis, diagnosis and treatment options. Thirteen days after my diagnosis, chemotherapy began. Chemotherapy evolved into a 21/2 year regime. Thirteen days is a very short time to adjust to a new normal.What happened next to me is common to all cancer warriors. Flurries of testing, emotions, family, friends, work details, questions, information, emotions, fears, faith, anger and thoughts of the future intertwined & overwhelmed.Oh, I remember how I longed and ached for a space to write as I journeyed with cancer. I found no journal that understood that life after cancer is vastly different than life before cancer. I needed to express my anger, laugh at my humanness and embrace the process of learning to live with cancer.For me, somewhere between the chaotic busyness of waiting - hurry up and wait - and the stillness of the night, my thoughts of lifeBefore Cancer and lifeAfter Cancer collided. A raging war began within me as to how I would live. My first day of chemo heightened the tension. My first day of chemo changed my life forever. From that first chemo day,I decided and declared aloud to anyone who would hear: I was not dying from cancer but going to life with it. Live with . . .relentlessHOPE as my mantra.At this writing in 2014, I am 7 years in remission. Living with the knowledge that SLL / CLL has a 100% relapse rate. Living with the knowledge that any morning could be another journey into active disease.YET, yet, yet (yet is a very beautiful word) I am living within the knowledge & power of relentlessHOPE!My hope for you? . . . that if you are forced to journey with cancer, that you will also journey with relentlessHOPE. Suess Karlss