Charlotte Matthews is on a missionâ€”a mission of empathy and sharing stories. After undergoing a radical double mastectomy for stage three breast cancer 12 years agoâ€”followed by six months of chemotherapyâ€”she felt overwhelmed, like she didnâ€™t know who she was any more. In spite of all the love and support she received from family and friends, â€śsomething was missing,â€ť she remembers. â€śCancer diagnosis and treatment tend to be a passive endeavor: you are diagnosed, you are staged, you are given chemo, you are given radiationâ€”all of this passive. But I found that writing was something I could do. I could write. I could make a record of what transpired. And in this way, I regained power, authority.â€ť
Did you ever feel like your life is heading along in a good direction and suddenly you discover you have lost your map? That's what happened to Julie Barthels in 2010. She enjoyed a busy career as Clinical Director at a rape crisis center, a part time private therapy practice, a renewed relationship with her partner, and training for a triathlon. Then, an aggressive form of breast cancer showed up.
Not sure if she would survive the cancer or the treatment, Julie decided to write a love letter to her two daughters. That letter is the foundation for this book, "I'd Rather Love Life than Hate Cancer". It weaves the story of Julie's journey with cancer and how it offered her its own unique gifts and lessons.
Go to Amazon and "Look inside" to read portions of this excellent book - rated 5 stars out of 5 from 5 customer reviews.
Contact Julie through Christian Gays.