You can find my book, “Surviving the Pink Ribbon” at some of the fun places I find books to read.  In Wisconsin the book is available at The Sow’s Ear coffee and yarn shop in Verona, The Cat and Crow yarn shop in Mount Horeb, and The Shoe Box (an amazing shoe store) in Black Earth.  The book is available to borrow from the Wisconsin South Central library system.  And the paper book and e-book forms are both available through your favorite bookseller – ask for the book, if you don’t see it.  And please take a moment to post a review – even a phrase or sentence can contribute to making “Surviving the Pink Ribbon” more available to people the book could help.

Looking forward to speaking at Gilda’s Club on Thursday (May 16).

Would love to see you at my next event.

“Counsel for Co-Survivors” at Gilda’s Club in Middleton, WI

Thursday, May 16, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Open to the public.  Free lunch included.

Register here:  https://events.gildasclubmadison.org/Events/Info/Counsel_for_Co-Survivors_PUBLIC-3496

Are you supporting someone who has cancer? Or supporting someone who has been through that journey? Or through any serious medical illness for that matter. You are a co-survivor! Please join Rita Schunk as she shares tips for co-survivors from her book, “Surviving the Pink Ribbon: Body and Soul Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors and Co-Survivors”, her own co-survivor experience, as well as advice from other sources. Ms. Schunk is a 28-year co-survivor, a breast cancer survivor, and an author. Whether you live in the same house as the survivor or many miles away, Ms. Schunk will offer creative and pragmatic answers to the “what can I do?” moments you will experience. And, since what works for one person may not work well for another, she will include some unconventional guidance (co-survivor discretion advised!). Ms. Schunk’s husband and her closest co-survivor, Jim, will also be available for questions.

Point of view.

No two of us have exactly the same point of view.  My “eyes” are skewed as I see the world through a kaleidoscope lens of past experiences, feelings, beliefs, and physical limitations.  Been considering point of view as I form the concept of my next book.  First-person?  Second-person?  Third-person can be perceived as being a factual telling, but even third-person can be skewed by my lens.  Third-person omniscient would mean that I know the thoughts and feelings of all the characters.  Since the main characters are no longer living, I certainly won’t claim that one!  But do we sometimes communicate that way?  Acting as if we are third-person omniscient, instead of squinting through that kaleidoscope.

I Am and I Will.

Monday, February 4, is World Cancer Day.  The theme this year is “I Am and I Will” — an encouragement to make a “personal commitment to hep reduce the global burdens of cancer.”  The place I start is by taking care of my post-breast cancer body and raising money and awareness for great cancer organizations, such as Gilda’s Club.  I shared about Gilda’s Club and others in my recently-published book, “Surviving the Pink Ribbon:  Body and Soul Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors and Co-Survivors.”  Amy just shared my book with a newly diagnosed woman:  “‘Surviving the Pink Ribbon’… is an excellent look at a personal, intimate journey… highly recommend it as a guide to what is down the road and how best to handle… would be excellent for your hubby to read as well as others who will be supporting you.”  Thanks, Amy, for sharing!

Officially launched!

Thanks for keeping me busy signing books at the launch party yesterday!  Many lovely people brought multiple copies they plan to share.  Love the sharing!  Here are 5 ways you can help me get Surviving the Pink Ribbon into the hands of those who could benefit:

1 – Post a review of the book on Amazon and Goodreads.

2 – Tell your friends and appropriate organizations about the book.

3 – Follow my author page on Facebook and share my posts.

4 – Ask for the book at your local bookstore.

5 – Ask for the book at your library.


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My book is real!  Saying a prayer over these first boxes on their way to The Sow’s Ear for sale in advance of the launch open house.  Asking blessings of understanding and comfort for the readers.

From an advance reader:  “I wish Surviving the Pink Ribbon had been available when my mother had breast cancer… [this book] is an uplifting companion, support, and resource tool.  Rita is realistic, relevant, and honest.”  Laurie Buchanan, PhD, holistic health practitioner and award-winning author.