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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.



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My book, Surviving the Pink Ribbon, is now available in paperback through Amazon!  So excited to get to this point!  Working on getting the paperback available outside of Amazon and getting the e-book available too.  In the meantime, it’s time to celebrate!  The launch open house is Oct. 20 from noon – 4 pm CT at The Sow’s Ear in Verona, WI.  Books will be available for purchase there while they last.

Survivor’s Heart

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Survivor’s Heart. What’s the deal with the knitted hearts? They are a physical expression of past experiences. During cancer treatment, I found knitting very meditative, calming, and a concrete way to measure progress to treatment’s end. I started knitting hearts from leftover yarn. I’m not sure why. Maybe as part of knitting myself back together? As I grew a heart pile, the practical side of me wondered what I would do with them. The various color shades, darker to brighter, and their homemade imperfection got me to thinking back on my cancer journey. The upper left heart symbolizes the dark, confusing (upside-down) place of diagnosis. The lower right heart symbolizes my current state of NED (No Evidence of Disease) – an insightful, joyous, and deeper place than where I would have been without the cancer experience. The worn wood mounting from my brother represents the imperfect, but so necessary, support of others. I am forever changed. These thoughts are my answer to the many ‘stalkers’ of my cancer blog (now closed) and their insistence that I continue to share. I am still here. Let’s continue the journey together.