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Breast Cancer: No One Chose This Journey
The National Breast Cancer Foundation estimates that each year, over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and, of them, over 40,000 will die from the disease. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. But when she believes that breast cancer could never happen to her, the diagnosis seems devastating.
Fran Padgett extends a hand to every “she” living with breast cancer in her new book Breast Cancer: No One Chose This Journey (©8/2010, ). In this tribute to all women who have been “chosen by breast cancer,” Padgett offers comfort. Through 30 stories that have been entrusted to her by friends and others she met casually at conventions, coffee shops, and in line at the shoe store, Padgett shows that, while the journey may be intensely personal, no one travels that path completely alone.
The spirit of many different women imbues these pages. From the very young to older survivors in various countries, Padgett takes the tales of the same difficult disease and shows how each woman fought and how she bloomed. Readers will meet Destiny who was diagnosed at 29; Becky who kept giving her students so much while she was battling; and Bonnie who rode her bike 14 miles to the Breast Center for treatment. They may have been chosen by the same disease, but each woman's experience is uniquely hers. Reading about the different trials and tribulations each of these women faced makes it easier to believe that breast cancer does not have to create unnecessary isolation; it can be used to unite.
Padgett's original artwork enhances each of the stories. A series inspired by the women she writes about, The Gift of Time pieces communicate the sense of strength and hope shared through the stories. Each piece in this collection shows the inner spirit and beauty of the woman for whom Padgett created it. Painted using her own impressions and the impressions of family and friends, the art is a visual of the love and support with which each woman surrounds herself when facing this hard disease.
A volume of comfort and sorrow, this gift-book has a message for all who read it. Every emotion and outpouring of the soul is captured through Padgett's words and her stunning art. All of the triumphs and ironies, the laughter and tears, the sensations of survival, and the complexities of healing usher in anyone who feels abandoned by the world and showers them with the courage to strengthen their relationships and the hope to keep moving forward with life.
“A jewel of a book. A prism that brings new light to some of the darkest fields of the [breast cancer] battle.”
~ Vladimir Lange, MD, President, Lange
Productions and author of
Be a Survivor: Your Guide to Breast
“Poignant, straightforward stories with artful and colorful accompaniments set a mood of survival, acceptance, and serenity.”
~ Kristine Falco, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, and author of Reclaiming Our Lives After Breast and Gynecological Cancer
After being diagnosed with cancer in both breasts, Fran Padgett launched a mission to fund breast cancer research projects. This passion led her to establish The Weathervane Foundation, Inc., a Texas 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding the cause and cure of breast cancer. Serving as Executive Director of the Foundation, Padgett's efforts have won her accolades in the community, including the BMW Hero of the Year Award, and the Denise Veillon Care, Share and Be Aware Award.
Recognized as a gifted and prolific artist, Padgett's paintings have been featured in exhibits and galleries, with countless works currently in private and corporate collections around the country.
Her award-winning book, Breast Cancer Recovery: No One Wrote a Manual, received six 2007 literary awards, including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Silver Award in Health. Breast Cancer: No One Chose This Journey is her second book on this subject.
Padgett's motto “live, love, laugh” is evident in her life, in her speeches and in her books as she shares her courage and her hope. “Ill be a breast cancer survivor when I die of something else,” Padgett quips. “In the meantime, I expect to be alive every day in every sense of the word.” She tells her stories with honesty that both comforts and inspires.
For more information about Fran Padgett and her work, visit and www.weathervanefoundation.com.
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