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


Copyright:  August 2007 ISBN-13:  9780979821721

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

A Journey to Wellness
Author Debra D. Griffin

 A Journey to Wellness: A Series of Collective Thoughts is now available in a 6" x 9" paperback .
The eBook digital format is coming soon!

ISBN# 978-0-9798217-2-1
152 pages


Her journey begins in a space in time between the death of one husband and the marriage to the second. This is the starting point where author Debra D. Griffin last felt whole before beginning her journey to survive the ravages of Breast Cancer.


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.


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!!! 

ISBN: 978-0-9798217-2-1
152 pages


 Also available in hardcover:
ISBN: 978-0-9798217-0-7

Available on any other online vendors


"Life is a series of perilous journeys… then you die.  I cannot tell you the countless times I have heard this phrase during my lifetime, but I can tell that the author of this simple Slogan  did not have me in mind when it was composed.  I can also tell you that, what is meant to be  a simple and witty axiom has not shown to ring true in this journey, this excursion, this passage I will henceforth call my life.

I am truly ALIVE and fighting
desperately to remain a member of the living world.  Yes, life can be an unforgiving and perilous journey, yet the  rewards of its passages are bountiful. I have wonderful people in my life who see that all  my basic needs are met. There is a joy deep in my heart that sings triumphantly and no one  can take it away.”
~Debra D. Griffin

 Born number nine of ten children to Reverend and Mrs. Jesse E Mitchell, Debra was very shy and unable to speak her mind. It wasn’t until she was forty-five years old and had taken a series of Photography classes that she found her voice. 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



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.


“Honestly, it has been a pleasure, even under this set of circumstances, to render to you the  words which speak so vehemently in my heart. To be able to have a window of opportunity and to do what you love most is a blessing granted by God under any circumstance. I hope  that you enjoy this brief glimpse into my life and I ask that you please pray that the Lord continues to bless both my family and me.” 

Professional Reviews

A Journey to Wellness: A Courageous Battle
A Journey To Wellness: A Series of Collective Thoughts by Debra D. Griffin 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 breasts 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 on after 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. A Series of Collective Thoughts"...

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...

Author Chase von
The Last Panther
"Your Chance to Hear the Last Panther Speak"

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

Debra D. Griffin: Cancer Survivor
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 vitor'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.

~Miriam L. Jacobs
CEO, Candalyse Publishing

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