Chicken Soup for the Soul:
Hope and Healing For Your Breast Cancer Journey
Surviving and Thriving During and After Your Diagnosis and Treatment
Chicken Soup for the Soul is teaming with Julie Silver, MD, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School to create a new book on surviving breast cancer. Dr. Silver is an expert in physical medicine and rehabilitation and has devoted herself to helping others heal both physically and emotionally. She is the author of After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger (Johns Hopkins Press), What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope (American Cancer Society) andYou Can Heal Yourself (St. Martin’s Press). Dr. Silver developed the STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation) certifications for hospitals and cancer centers that have been adopted throughout the U.S. She is also a breast cancer survivor.
Please send us your stories about your own breast cancer experience, from diagnosis through treatment to rehab and recovery. Your stories will provide the inspiration and comfort to other breast cancer survivors and Dr. Julie Silver will provide medical facts, with a focus on her specialty, which is rehabilitation and recovery.
Here are some possible story topics, just to get your creative juices flowing:
- Dealing with physical and emotional changes after treatment
- Managing fear, stress, anxiety, and/or grief
- Supporting your children/partner
- Your children/partner supporting you
- What really made a difference in helping you recover
- Physical changes and body image
- Survivorship and the long-term view
- Healing and reclaiming your life
- Accepting a new normal… or not
- What it means to be a survivor
- Spirituality/nature/universe-how this helped
- Family and/or friend involvement in your path to recovery
- My body is healthy, my emotions not so good
- Diet and exercise
- Physical therapy after surgery or other treatment
- Insurance issues
- Dealing with pain, fatigue and reduced physical strength
- A new lease on life
We are particularly interested in stories where women sought out conventional rehabilitation interventions such a physiatry consults (physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation) and physical or occupational therapy treatment.
If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.
Please remember, we do not like “as told to” stories. Please write in the first person about yourself or someone close to you. Do not ghostwrite a story for someone else. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it again.
The book is scheduled for publication in September 2012. Submission deadline is December 15, 2011. Deadline was previously posted on our website as March 31, 2012.
We are now on a faster schedule.
SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoup.com
Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.