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In Their Own Words: Turning Up the Volume on What They Really Need with "Voices of Cancer"


It's a rare individual today who doesn't have someone in their life, if not themselves, who has been touched by cancer. Losing hope, hair, faith, a sense of feminine identity...just a few of things this awful disease can take from us or our loved ones. We treat it with chemicals, surgeries, casseroles, and platitudes. But what do cancer patients truly want? What do they really need?


Hear from Lynda Wolters, a "thriving warrior" herself, in her book, Voices of Cancer, as she and other warriors share their insights on what people go through once the diagnosis is made and how you can support them in ways that can truly bring comfort and strength.


Be certain to read the excerpt below and take advantage of the gift card giveaway to support recognition of this important book.


Book Details:


Voices of Cancer

by Lynda Wolters

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

Genre: Non-fiction


Synopsis:


"I don't know what to say" and "I don't know what to do" are common responses to a life-threatening diagnosis. Voices of Cancer is here to help.


Every cancer story is different, but there is one commonality: both patients and the people supporting them often struggle to properly articulate their wants and needs through particularly challenging and in many cases, uncharted territory. Lynda Wolters knows firsthand: she was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal mantle cell lymphoma in August of 2016.


Voices of Cancer offers a candid look into the world of a cancer patient, informed by Lynda’s own story and conversations had with dozens of patients weighing in on their needs, wants, and dislikes as they navigate the complex world of diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. With comprehensive and accessible insight from people who’ve been there, Voices of Cancer helps educate, dispel fears, and start positive conversations about what a cancer diagnosis truly means, while shining a light on how best to support a loved one on their own terms.



 

Excerpt:


Voices on Thoughtless Words


There is no perfect thing to say to someone with a devastating disease, but honest conversation and true statements are better than fluffy words that are best suited for use as a slogan. It’s okay to let the patient know you don’t know what to say. It’s okay to let them know you are afraid of offending them or making them feel sad with your words or your personal fear of what they are going through. And it’s okay to just sit with them, cry with them, listen to them vent, or just share space.


Some of my most comforting times were when people just shared space with me. Every time I was hospitalized, my dear friend Michelle would bring all her “gadgets”—cell phone, laptop, etc.—and work from my hospital room. Sometimes staying an hour or more, often not speaking but just sitting with me and working on her laptop, she shared space and her love.



 


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Author Bio:


Lynda was born and raised in a tiny farming community of 400 in northern Idaho. She worked on the family farm, with her first job being picking rocks out of the fields and ultimately graduating up the ladder to driving a grain truck and combine during harvest. Following high school, Lynda continued her education in Las Vegas before she moved back home to Idaho to raise her three sons.


Lynda still resides in Idaho with her husband and their peekapoo, Max.


Lynda has worked in the legal field for 30+ years and enjoys ballroom and swing dancing, horseback riding, kayaking, and river rafting. She has a heart for people and enjoys regularly volunteering. She spends the bulk of her spare time reading and writing.


Lynda was diagnosed with terminal stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL) in August 2016. She touts herself as being a thriving warrior of the disease.


Lynda has completed two books of nonfiction: Voices of Cancer, released in October 2019, and Voices of LGBTQ+, released in August 2020.


The Placeholder, Lynda’s debut novel, was released in November 2022.

Lynda has published the following articles: Navigating the Workplace with Chemo Brain, February 23, 2020, Elephants and Tea. and When Masks Weren’t Popular, March 24, 2020, Patient Power. She has spoken on several podcasts, been a guest on a local talk show regarding Voices of Cancer, and given interviews for other outlets and print.


Jane Brody wrote up Voices of Cancer in the New York Times, her article entitled What to Say to Someone with Cancer, on January 13, 2020, with a follow-up on January 20, 2020, entitled, When Life Throws You a Curveball, Embrace the New Normal.


The Chinese translation rights of Voices of Cancer have been purchased by a grant to offer the book to medical students in Taiwan.


Lynda donates Voices of Cancer books and a portion of its proceeds to Epic Experience, a nonprofit camp for adult survivors and thrivers of cancer located in Colorado.


Author Links:


Twitter: @Wolters_Lynda


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Marianne Judy
Marianne Judy
Sep 20, 2023

Thank you for hosting VOICES OF CANCER today!

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