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A Journey to Wellness: A Series of Collective Thoughts
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Publisher:  Candalyse Publishing ISBN-10:  9780979821707 Type: 
Pages: 

146

Copyright:  August 2007 ISBN-13:  9780979821707
Non-Fiction


As a Breast Cancer survivor, telling my story of victory is as important to me as breathing.

I am blessed, joyful and proud to announce the upcoming release of my first book.

A Journey to Wellness: A Series of Collective Thoughts shares how faith, smiles, music, friends, family and an entire community stepped up to the plate to assist Debra D. Griffin and what it meant to her:  Life!!!


Between the covers of this inspirational story is one amazing woman’s strong will to survive.


These are the actual entries from the journal that the author kept between surgeries, between tears and pain, between chemo sessions, between prayers and during reflections on her life’s phenomenal journey.


As author Debra D. Griffin reflects on her daughters, on loneliness, and on the false sense of security that she felt when she wed her second husband, readers are taken on a voyage of her self-discovery.


There are no dates in the text as this rendering is solely to document her thoughts during the process and not to keep time on how long the process took.


The book documents the process in vivid detail from hair loss due to chemo therapy to the devastating blow of implant failure, as well as liver and brain cancer metastasis. The photo journal of meaningful pictures were taken by her own talented photographer’s hands, visually documenting her struggles and successes.


  
 
Excerpt
Always wanting to write a book due to her great love of poetry, the desire heightened after she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

“You see, I was asked to keep a journal. This, I believe, was an exercise to soothe my mind and heart while going through the process. But what it ended up being is a reflection of my salvation.”

Having a great love of family and friends, Debra spends a lot of her time celebrating life. This is not a frivolous thing as she is currently convalescing from a battle with Stage four Breast Cancer and Breast Reconstruction.


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Professional Reviews

A Courageous Struggle
Ms. Griffin chronicles her defiant and courageous struggle with breast cancer from the very depths of her being.

Her feelings and emotions grab you and unmistakeably creep into your soul. One cannot help but feel her strength and character as it shines through in the pieces, *'My Hair, My Nails'* and *'Remission'*. As if her words were not enough, her pictures draw you even more deeply into the very muck of her battle, as she shares images of the scars and physical reality that this disease has left upon her body.

Her very life is testimony to others who are suffering, and have suffered, through the ravages of this killer... she stands the VICTOR! And I continue to stand with her - in awe and admiration..."

RM Green, author of
"THE PASSION WITHIN"



Review by Chase von tlp The Last Panther
A Journey To Wellness is far more than just a story, it is a testament to the awesome strength that one woman has and might very well be the same strength we all possess, providing we can learn how to tap into it.

Debra bares her soul in the most amazing way during a situation where most would shun publicity. She chronicles her battle with death and also shares her incredible skills as a photographer to show the people that were at her side when she needed them the most. Few will know how to answer what they would do if they knew today was the last day of their lives, but Debra takes on death, the loss of her breast and continues on fighting and also sharing her story so that all people can realize that where there is hope, victory is always possible.

I have to admit, tears came to my eyes, when she spoke of the children that bathed her when she wasn't strong enough to bathe herself. But I also know, that a woman that can go .. hearing the ominous words, CANCER, and still find the strength not only to survive it, but to share her journey, is truly a very special soul.

I've had the good fortune of speaking with the author of A Journey To Wellness, and she is as vibrant and intelligent and caring, as you would want any one to be. Perhaps I might one day meet her in person as well. Sometimes people are impressed that I have been to two actual wars... I will admit, I am glad to be alive... But this woman was diagnosed with cancer... And given a death sentence... And her response to that was... I think, I will live... There's not a warrior born that can't respect that...

Buy "A Journey To Wellness"... Learning of this woman's strength in the face of the most awesome of adversities that any of us will face... Will no doubt, help you to tap into, your own...

Chase von - tlp Author
"The Last Panther"



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Reader Reviews for "A Journey to Wellness: A Series of Collective Thoughts"

Reviewed by Debra Griffin 10/22/2007
Author Debra D. Griffin's story is one of trials and triumphs, lessons and blessings, love and hope!

Her story inspired me as a woman, as a survivor and as a publisher. I knew that this triumphant victor's journey needed to be shared with the world.

Debra poignantly, poetically and diligently shows those who need to know that you can get knocked down and stay down or get up and keep on getting up!

As I read through the journal entries, creatively designed with style, I cried, I laughed, I felt warmed all over at times. It was as though I was right there with Debra during every exam, during every sickening chemotherapy session, through bleak days of illness through the joys and tiumphs! I found myself applauding this author!

I am grateful to Link for giving Ms. Author Griffin those encouraging smiles, to the jazz musicians who kept a song in her heart and to the many, many friends who rallied around and never, ever let her fall.

By the time I closed the book I felt as empowered, resilient and blessed as Debra D. Griffin.

A highly recommended read.

Respectfully
~Miriam L. Jacobs
CEO, Candalyse Publishing

<a href="http://www.candalysepublishing.com">Candalyse Publishing </a>

Reviewed by Nya Griffin-Ulibarri 9/22/2007
When I read "A Journey to Wellness: A Series of Collective Thoughts" I was captured by all of its compelling beauty and after reading the whole composition, I fell in love. The story is so touching that ever time I enter my Grandmother's past hardships, I cry. The story talks about life through its hardest points, and could be applied to life. Her abilty to write is wonderful, and I do enjoy that she put her poetic insite in throughout the book. Debra's journal is amazing and if anyone here has not read it I believe that you should.

To Debra (Gram): I love you and your book is "of da hook", word!

Nya I. Griffin-Ulibarri, author of
An Ode to Candace
Reviewed by tye griffin 9/22/2007
I have read "A Journey to Wellness: A Series of Collective Thoughts" from cover to cover. As Debra's Daughter I have also had the opportunity to experience many of the things my mother has written about in her journal and still I am amazed at the beauty in-which she tells her story.

Mommy I am so proud of you. You Rock!!
Reviewed by Chase Von 8/31/2007
Glad to see you here Debra and I hope this finds you fantastic:)

Sincerely,

And love and light to you and yours

Chase
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 8/31/2007
Wow~A true blessing of your survival, and congratulations on the publication of your book! Debra the excerpt and graphics are beautiful I applaud you for continuing in your strength on recording the events, feeling, and etc to produce this book.Wishing you great success and continued blessings!

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