As I have mentioned many times now I have a large liver that makes me look about seven months pregnant. While not always convenient, this belly has been fodder for great stories (and the occasional seat on a bus). I wrote about what it was like to be mistaken for a pregnant woman in the Globe and Mail this past June. http://m.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/health-facts-and-arguments/im-not-pregnant-and-im-tired-of-explaining-why-i-look-it/article2060559/?service=mobile
It was the publishing of this article that gave me the confidence to move forward with this book project. While the article was ostensibly about my big belly, it was really a story to illustrate the importance of empathy. Many people could connect to the story and found something useful in it for themselves. The feedback I received, truly reflected back to me the power of “the story” as a tool. If this one story could make such an impression, what if there was a whole book? I know that there are many stories out there and providing a platform for this form of expression seems an exciting and worthwhile endeavor.
I know I have been short on details about the submission process, but I hope to be providing them soon. In the meantime if you have a story, essay, poem or other creative work related to the cancer experience, send it along and perhaps we can test drive it on the blog