Today’s book promotion comes from a very special lady, Karen Rice. Most of us have experience with cancer – whether it be ourselves, family, friends, or coworkers. Cancer is scary and disheartening; and you don’t have to be the patient to feel this. Karen was diagnosed with cancer, but that didn’t stop her from inspiring others to stay strong and have hope. Through her experiences, she turned a negative into a positive. This book offers inspirational poetry for survival.
Book: True Simple Poems of Life, Faith, and Survival
Author: Karen Rice
Publisher: Publish America
Publish Date: October 2009
Format: Hardback and Nook
Summary: This book chronicles an individual’s true life experiences during her ordeal with cancer, as well as many trials and tribulations of life. With the words of each poem of statement, she wishes to make a positive impact on someone who’s ill or otherwise, where they can proceed life in a whole new way.
About the Author: Karen Rice a two-time cancer survivor and has published two books. She is currently in the process of publishing a third book.
You can find her website here
My ideal of writing this book came from my experience with cancer and life itself…. It gave me so much joy to be able to place my feeling into words, phrases and poems. And I will tell inspiring writers out there, to keep on writing. If u have something to share, express it; and there’s not better way to do it, then writing it down and sharing it with everyone.
I know why the Caged Bird Sings
Healed without Scars
You Don’t Look Sick
When I was diagnosed with Breast cancer a few years back, I reacted like most who receive a cancer diagnose; first thing came to mind was a “death sentence”. However, I found out later that it was truly “an awakening” for me; even after being diagnosed with colon cancer a few years later. I began questioning God, why would you do this to me? What had I done in life so bad to have this placed upon me? But instead of bemoaning my fate, I decided to look for the positive side of it. There has to be a reason for it all.
I also realized that I was about to face a new beginning, new hope, do and see more with a whole new prospective on life. When I think of the “gift of life” that was given to me, I know that I will develop and gain strength from all my experiences. Even with the complications I now have to live with, and all the struggles I’ve dealt with my entire life, I still feel truly blessed. For a while, I wasn’t happy with the way I looked after my surgery and the pain I had to endure each day, but I decided to snap out of it. I thought about the individuals that are no longer among us. I also realized that there will always be someone worse off than I am. I reminded myself, that I “still have my life” and who am I to complain.
One day I experienced something of a miracle and felt the compulsion to write it down. I turn that experience into a poem and I called it “Peace”. Writing has become therapy for me. I took that poem, along with many others I had composed during my breast cancer period and placed them into book form. I was blessed enough to have that book published and it’s titled “True Simple Poems of Life, Faith and Survival”. I’m hoping that anyone who has the opportunity to read my poems, get out of them, what I placed in all of them. My poems are from the heart, as real as any could ever be. With the words and phrases of each poem of statement, I wish to make a positive impact on someone who’s ill or otherwise, where they could develop the strength to embrace life in a whole new way. I never anticipated becoming a writer, I just became one. I truly believe when you survive a horrific tragedy or a horrible disease as cancer, it’s for a reason, “you have a purpose” and I want to live to find find out exactly what that is for me.
I recently had another inspirational book published, titled “If Only I Could Fly, said Mattie-bee” and I’m working on my third. See, that’s what I’m all about now, inspiration. I would have never become a writer, producing inspirational poems and stories, if I had not gone through all that I did. I’m a true example that you can survive cancer not once, but twice, providing you catch it in time, have faith and allow that faith to direct your path. I’ve not saying all will be easy, but you must believe. This is what my experiences with cancer made of me, a true believer!
I want to thank Karen Rice for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this has inspired my readers to not only read the book, but also take away the positive messages contained within it.