- BookLibrary - Self-Help / Motivational BookLibrary 2017-11-23 06:10:39 BookLibrary Breast Cancer Recovery Authors: 49
ISBN: 978-1-886298-18-7
Publisher: Bayou Publishing
Publication date: 2017-07-31 11:33:40
Language: English
Price: 35.00

Across the polished wood table my surgeon's face was calm and concerned. His hands were on the open file of pathology reports. His eyes looked directly into mine. I found the sight of his skilled and gentle hands reassuring as I uttered the words that would change my body forever.

He had patiently heard my questions and quietly answered them, as I knew he had answered many, many breast cancer patients. But for those few minutes, it was as though I were the only patient in the world to have ever said, "I have decided on the mastectomy option."

"I feel the need to put some things in order," I said, my voice low. "Does it need to be scheduled quickly?"

He assured me that thirty days would have no significant impact on the ultimate outcome.

I stood up, shook his hand, smiled, bit my lip, and told him I would see him in exactly 31 days. My destination: the beaches of Galveston.

These chronicles of my breast cancer began in the hours and hours of sleepless solitude facing east across the Gulf of Mexico. Pinks and silver colors of sunrises and flesh flowed from my heart through my hand, filling pages of blank paper.

Next stop: the Gallery. It had been nearly two years since I first heard "invasive carcinoma, 12 o'clock, right breast; 6 o'clock, left breast." My breast cancer chronicles, 32 paintings and 26 essays were arranged and spotlighted on the gallery walls, to be viewed by family, friends and strangers.

In the subdued light, background music mingled with their lowered voices as they stopped in front of each page and each painting. When they turned to me I saw their tears. Yes, my friends, my images and words reveal my heart and bare my soul. Thank you for coming. I love you.

Part II: Past Recovery,"Beyond Reconstruction,"and on to "What Makes a Woman a Woman?'"

Saturday morning, twenty years ago.

I walk slowly into the kitchen, stopping at the counter beside the sink. "Why do I feel so awful?" I wonder.

I cross my arms on the countertop and lay my head on them. It's a good thing I don't have to go the office today, I think to myself. My whole body feels leaden, my mind as lethargic as my body, even though I have had extra sleep, proper food and vitamins, not to mention my usual large cups of morning coffee. Where is my energy? Why can't I think?

I call my mom. Whatever would we do without Dr. Moms?

I describe to her the physical and mental inertia I have been experiencing. "You probably need estrogen," she says. "I know that for me it is my energy."

Dr. Mom, right again!! Like magic, "hormone replacement therapy" lifted me back to vitality.

2002: Breast cancer recovery, early stages.

Houseguests are visiting us for a weekend. I leave them talking at the dinner table, walk into my closet and curl up on the floor in the fetal position. My mind is virtually blank. "I don't want to see anyone," I confide to my husband, who has found me huddling in the dark. Shortly he returns with that little yellow tablet.

"Take it," he say. He knew.

Four months: no estrogen.
Four days: Tamoxifen.

Gott en himmel!! I can't live like this. I have to be ME.
I sit across the polished wood table from Dr. Marlowe. As always, he is calm, and as always, patiently listens.

"Hot flashes, yes, but I can deal with those. Night sweats, yes, but I can stand that." I pause to gain control.

"But I can't face life not feeling like ME. It is estrogen that makes me feel good. It is estrogen that gives me energy. And more than that," I tap my forefinger on my forehead for emphasis, "I need it to be able to THINK. I have to work, I have to support myself, and I HAVE TO THINK."

He nods slowly, acknowledging that he understands.

"If taking estrogen shortens my life, THEN I TAKE THAT RISK!"

He assures me that we will do "whatever it takes to make you feel better." He signs the small square paper with the magic word scrawled on it that means that means Woman, that means Life, that means Vitality.

With tears of relief, I thank him, and leave clutching the prescription in my hand. And so began the gradual climb back to my creativity, my sanity, myself.Taken from No One Wrote a Manual by Fran Padgett

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2017-07-31 11:33:40
Breast Cancer Authors: 49
ISBN: 978-1-886298-33-0
Publisher: Bayou Publishing
Publication date: 2017-02-01 14:26:50
Language: English
Price: 19.95

“The artwork is stunning, and the stories truly touching and poignant. This book is simply inspirational.‿
                -Esther Valdez

“Fran’s message is touching and real; the circle of giving and receiving lives in her medium of listening to the stories of people who have walked a similar path.‿
           - Yvonne Denbina
            Owner, Garden of the Dragonfly
            Art Gallery

Fran Padgett is the author of “Breast Cancer Recovery: No One Wrote a Manual‿, the winner of six literary awards in 2007, including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Silver Award in Health.  Her new book “Breast Cancer: No One Chose This Journey‿ is the second in the Breast Cancer series, and is a tribute - of paintings and stories - to women who have traveled the breast cancer journey.   As you read these stories, as only Fran can tell, you’ll see glimpses of rare human strength.  You’ll admire courageous decisions, and appreciate the spiritual beauty of these women.   You may find yourself reading through tears, maybe your jaw clenched in frustration, or with a smile as you relate to a “really tough lady.‿  But for all you will applaud.

Tribute: Evening at the Lake

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2017-02-01 14:26:50
Loving Matters Authors: 46
Publisher: Bayou Publishing
Publication date: 2016-02-24 15:42:57
Language: English
Price: 59.95

This six-tape set is for people who want to ensure that love is exchanged and experienced in healthy and useful ways in the relationships they have. You will learn: Why it is important to love with your head as well as your heart; What true intimacy is and how to achieve and maintain it; How to decide to end a relationship, and much more.

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2016-02-24 15:42:57
Unspeakable Authors: 51
ISBN: 978-1-886298-14-9
Publisher: Bayou Publishing
Publication date: 2016-02-24 14:50:53
Language: English
Price: 24.95

This remarkable book breaks the silence and takes a daring look at how we grieve and what it really takes to heal. Author and pastor Herb Orrell is intelligent, caring and insightful on every page as he shares his own deeply personal story and the unspeakable despair of those he has struggled to counsel in their darkest hours. While he offers no easy answers, along the way you do begin to understand the often surprising ways each of us can finally make peace with our pain.

It's not every day that a book comes along with a truly insightful perspective. "Unspeakable: The Truth About Grief" is one of those books. Most people are familiar with the standard view of the process of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Herb Orrell has noted that many people don't seem to make that last step and as a result end up in some sort of continuos depression. With that in mid and his many years of experience as a minister, he has come to the conclusion that there may be a stage missing. That stage would be the search for meaning.

This book is a book that examines grief in detail from an empathetic viewpoint. The way from depression to acceptance involves a search for meaning in the event. When we search for meaning and ask "Why" the traditional religious reaction is not to even attempt to answer but to point out that asky "Why" is wrong. The author walks us through his experience and his questioning of why bad things happen to good people. Why do children starve? Why does God allow a child to continue in an abused home? Asking why is not wrong, but a part of our normal search for meaning.

Herb Orrell examines the role of fear, anger, and atonement in moving through grief from a very personal perspective. This is a highly recommended book with a truly innovative view on working through the stages of life.

We all cling to the promise that grief is a series of predictable stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and then acceptance. Naturally, we expect these stages to run their course. We expect to start feeling better at some point. The only problem is that for most of us, depression does not necessarily lead to acceptance. Most of us suffer in silence, stuck in a despair so intense and so consuming that we keep it hidden, not daring to speak of it to anyone. How can we when those around us, while trying to be supportive, expect us to "get over it" and "move on." After all, isn't that how the grieving process is supposed to work?

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2016-02-24 14:50:53
Success Express for Teens Authors: 41
ISBN: 978-1-886298-09-5
Publisher: Bayou Publishing
Publication date: 2016-02-24 14:37:10
Language: English
Price: 14.95

Leslie compares choosing a direction for your life with going to a train station and deciding which train will take you to your desired destination.

The ticket for every destination in life is commitment. "Are you required to remain only on one train all your life?" students ask Leslie. "Of course not," he reassures them. "You may return to the depot at any time to pick a new train, or you may re-board old trains you once took but left earlier."

To help young people decide on a destination, this award-winning teacher developed and refined the exercises shared in Success Express for Teens. Throughout the book, the brief, action-oriented activities pose the questions "What should I do next?", "How?" and "What's in it for me?" After describing the goal of the activity, Leslie then leaves room to respond to specific instructions and reflect on how the knowledge can be put to immediate use in real life.

Inspired by Leslie's personal struggle with depression as a teen, and refined during eleven years of classroom "testing" with real teens, the lessons learned from the activities ring true. Leslie hopes each participant's journey will be like a swift ride on an express train to success. "We achieve by doing. We learn by living." says Leslie.
"These 50 self-guided activities empower teens to determine personal strengths, choose a direction for success, and make dynamic strides toward realizing their biggest dreams."
~ Mary Lue Summerlin, Ed.D.
Director of Psychological Services
Deer Park, TX ISD

The activities are set up to encourage teenagers to clarify their highest ambitions, identify wise risks, and develop motivation that will help make them self-starters and keep them focused on their goals--even in the face of adversity. Leslie subtly teaches students about their dynamic relationship with life and the empowering role they play in any destiny to which they aspire.

Teens can take their journey to success independently by completing the suggested activities on their own. In addition, the book has a helpful appendix for teachers, counselors, group leaders and parents which details ways to turn each of the 50 activitities into shared group experiences for five to fifty teens. So, whether alone or with their peers, teens can board the Success Express and move toward identifying and realizing their dreams.

A prolific author, editor, teacher, librarian, national YA book reviewer, and motivational speaker, Roger Leslie uses original and dynamic techniques in his writing workshops, self esteem building seminars, and customized presentations. Besides articles, essays, and reviews, his published works include a history book, the three volume Library Programs that Inspire series (c)2001-2002), and a novel Drowning in Secret (Absey & Co, (c)2002). His writings and teachings have earned him awards from writing organizations, school districts, Chambers of Commerce, state universities and national education groups.

To request a review copy of Success Express for Teens, to arrange an interview with Roger Leslie or for any additional information, please contact Kate Bandos at KSB Promotions 800-304-3269 fax 616-676-0759

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2016-02-24 14:37:10
Flash Point For Young Adults Authors: 57
ISBN: 978-0-9773155-0-5
Publisher: Bayou Publishing
Publication date: 2016-02-24 14:19:34
Language: English
Price: 17.95

In the following pages we'll cover a wide range of important subjects related to personal
achievement.  You can find a list of what we'll cover at "What's Inside." the table of contents
pages, in the font of the book.

By the time you've finished each chapter of Flash Point, you should be prepared to take
advantage of the information you've learned to help you speed up your rate of personal

Please keep in mind that the object here is not to finish the book quickly.
Instead you should learn at whatever pace is comfortable to you.  If it takes you
a month, or even 6 months, to get through, that's okay.  Nothing worthwhile happens
over night.  It's better to understand and get good at something, and then move on to
the next thing, than it is to move too quickly and be familiar with a lot of things but great
at nothing.  So again, work at a pace that works for you.

Walt Disney used to say, "Don't just give your audience what they want. Give them what
you know they need and will help them."  Well, you are my audience, and that is exactly
what I hope to do.

In order to get the most out of Flash Point: Ignite Your Potential!, I suggest you do
the following:

1. Take a moment to look over the contents to familiarize yourself with the subject matter.
2. Recognize that several chapter build on, or work with, information in previous ones,
so reading the book and doing the exercises in their written order is ideal.  However,
you can certainly read the book in whatever order you want, since you may have
certain subject that are of greater interest to you.
3. Take advantage of the useful tools provided that will help you learn the information
you'll read much more quickly.
4. As you read, think about how you can apply each lesson to your own life.
5. Enjoy the process.

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2016-02-24 14:19:34