I expected to blog about Jamie Reno's new book, Hope Begins in the Dark, but only after I'd finished reading it. I am enjoying the short pieces by a wide variety of lymphoma survivors too much to wait. Reno, an acclaimed Newsweek journalist, singer-songwriter and lymphoma survivor believed a book that shared stories of survivors would be inspiring and informative to people just starting out or struggling with their cancer journey.
Having seen so many collections of stories, I was skeptical of the value of yet another. But this book is different: It cuts to the heart of each survivor's experience and philosophy about survival.
Last night, I was reading Joni Rodger's piece while waiting for the opening notes at a classical music concert. Joni is a hilarious speaker and the author of the popular memoir, Bald in the Land of Big Hair. I was laughing so hard, I had to stop and put the book away to keep from giggling throughout the concert from the third row of a packed auditorium.
I've only read ten of the fifty stories so far. All are entertaining and enlightening. Taken together, they reinforce the notion that a variety of approaches and styles can lead to Healthy Survivorship. Each contributor shares the story behind his or her unique way of getting good care and, at the same time, living as fully as possible. I'll talk about specific stories and ideas for Healthy Survivorship in future blogs.
Learn more about Reno's book at http://hopebeginsinthedark.com
The book is available by emailing Reno at email@example.com The cost is $20.