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Book details
  • Genre:HUMOR
  • SubGenre:Topic / Business & Professional
  • Language:English
  • Pages:274
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781543956207
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543956191

The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer

by Diane M. Simard View author's profile page

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Overview
The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer is a memoir about waking up in mid-life and learning to lead with your heart instead of your head. Diane M. Simard—a journalist, angel investor, and aerospace executive who was raised in a small Nebraska town—weaves an engaging account of her experience with Stage III breast cancer that is raw, unapologetic, and humorous. Her sobering—yet uplifting—account describes in explicit detail the emotions, fatigue, nausea, sights, and smells of her treatment protocol. couched by the oscillating swirl of emotions that forced her to slow down and take stock of the first 50 years of her life.
Description
The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer is a memoir about waking up in mid-life and learning to lead with your heart instead of your head. Diane M. Simard—a journalist, angel investor, and aerospace executive who was raised in a small Nebraska town—weaves an engaging account of her experience with Stage III breast cancer that is raw, unapologetic, and humorous. Her sobering—yet uplifting—account describes in explicit detail the emotions, fatigue, nausea, sights, and smells of her treatment protocol. couched by the oscillating swirl of emotions that forced her to slow down and take stock of the first 50 years of her life. Featuring poignant thoughts about Diane's emotional reactions as she ponders the possibility of dying, followed by her inspirational search for strength and meaning, readers will be enthralled by her candor and vulnerability, particularly as she reflects on the events in her life that influenced her and ponders who she wants to be after treatment finally ends. She captures the range of reactions from others witnessing her treatment protocol, ranging from destructive social responses from complete strangers to loving, positive reinforcement from her closest supporters. She demonstrates a unique willingness to talk about the ugliness of cancer treatment and the life-changing realizations about her true self. Her story about post-traumatic growth and benefit-finding is an important tool for healing from the traumatic events of our lives. This authentic, informative story is aimed to inspire women in business, successful leaders, and driven individuals who think they know who they are before a diagnosis of cancer leads them to discover their true selves.
About the author
Recognized as one of the 100 inaugural "National Women in Business to Watch" by BizWomen.com, Diane M. Simard is an angel investor in emerging technology companies and the founder of the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE) at the University of Denver. She also serves as Sr. Vice President of Investor and Media Relations and is a shareholder and board member of Bye Aerospace in Denver, the developer of the "Sun Flyer" family of electric aircraft. After completing treatment for Stage III breast cancer in 2015, Diane founded COPE, the first specialty in the country to help train graduate-level clinical psychology students how to work with cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. Her career experience includes service on several corporate boards and she serves as a business mentor through private engagements. Diane has been a keynote speaker at numerous women in business leadership events and posts a monthly blog on her website, www.DianeMSimard.com. Diane was named the Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation's 2017 honoree, the 2016 Outstanding Woman in Business in Technology and Telecom by the Denver Business Journal and received the Bob Cardenas Award for her support of veterans and the military. In addition, she was the Aurora Chamber Woman of the Year and a Mile High Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and was an honor graduate in business from Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska.


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Gretchen
An amazing book This is an amazing book. It is funny, heartwarming, emotional, and terrifying, all at the same time - and sometimes, all in the same paragraph! Diane's forthright retelling of her experience with breast cancer touched me deeply. I admire her courage as she faced the unknown with her trademark grace and poise. She describes the uncertainty, the suffering, and the fear in detail that gave me shivers and made me cry. I am grateful that she not only survived the ordeal, but gave us all her legacy with COPE - and with this book. Read more
Sandy
The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer Congratulations Diane for giving us the gift of "The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer." The first word to hit me after I finished reading was "impactful." I laughed and cried, feared and delighted, soul searched and related, and most of all felt so proud of you. Frankly, after I was halfway through the book, I was too uneasy to continue because I was too afraid to hear your unvarnished account of the physical and mental hell you were going to share about the months of treatment. I felt a sense of anxiety, so I put the book down for a few weeks. I kept it on my bedside table, and each night I looked at you and Rene on the cover. I already knew the glorious outcome: your survival and healing, your gift of COPE, your champion Rene who remained by your side throughout. Maybe I could leave well enough alone. One day as I glanced at your and Rene's picture of love on my table, I knew I was missing a huge opportunity to learn more about how to go through and not back away from suffering. So, I began to read again, was hooked and could not put it down. I was impacted by your brutal truth, your humor, your pain, your love and your courage. Weaving fun stories, tales of family, childhood memories, and love and romance between your journal of excruciating physical and mental pain allowed me to recoup my emotions throughout the book. My feelings ventured up and down, and I struggled with what was worse, the mental or the physical pain? By the end it did not matter. What impacted me was the courage it took for you to feel and tell all of it. So many of us can privately relate to what you felt beyond the physical, like soul searching, insecurities, anxieties, but it takes a few courageous women like you to reveal it, fight through it and come out on the other side making a difference for ourselves and others. Your book touches so many aspects of living with all its happiness, love, pain, suffering, and giving. You captured it all in your book and you did something about it through your legacy of COPE. While many prayers were answered for you and Rene, your life and experience will live on through "The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer." Thank you for sharing. I love you. Sandy Read more
Bob
The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer Diane, read the book in one sitting. Did not put it down. Impressed by your willingness to share your experiences, both good and bad. The rollercoaster emotional journey captured me. An unvarnished account and your hard won victory; inspirational for those diagnosed with cancer and the loved ones that are trying to understand and help. Well done! you tube video review link https://youtu.be/1L6FZ3vJFZc Read more
Rene
The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer The most difficult time of my life, by far, was watching the woman I adore go through cancer treatment. I relived many of those emotions while reading Diane’s book and didn’t think it was possible to feel any closer to her, I was wrong! Cancer is an individual experience, and Diane’s book doesn’t attempt to tell the reader how to “deal with cancer”. Instead, it’s an honest and personal account of one person’s story of resilience, growth and discovery…I couldn’t be prouder of her! Read more
Colleen
Diane M. Simard is simply Amazing!!! THE UNLIKELY GIFT OF BREAST CANCER by DIANE M. SIMARD This is a book you won't be able to stop once you've started reading! It is also a definite re-read! It is Diane's story, honestly written to tell the whole world of her personal experiences! She tells us all about her life before, during and after being diagnosed with cancer. In this book she teaches us valuable lessons about life, in her truth, in her misery, in her faith, in her grief, in her celebration, in her hope and mostly in her love! Her amazing strength and courage overpowered any weakness that cancer handed her! Everyone knows there are hundreds of types of cancer and because everyone is different, there is no “one size fits all” kind of treatment. The rough medical side and the difficult mental side are two extremely important areas for healing and curing cancer. She is now committing herself to help current and future cancer patients in the mental health area with “COPE” that she explains in this book. This is truly a special kind of a woman. Her inspiration in this book makes me feel as if I can conquer anything! Being born and raised in small town, to the amazing and successful woman she is today, makes me humbled and beyond proud to call Diane my forever friend! I know she will continue to do great things in this world! I’m so excited to watch her do more amazing things in her future! Diane M. Simard is a cancer SURVIVOR! Read more
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