PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Santa Barbara Local Hometown Resident and Author’s New Cancer Book


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (September 9, 2014) – Author Diana Raab’s HEALING WITH WORDS: A WRITER’S CANCER JOURNEY is a compassionate and wry self-help memoir written by an award-winning prolific author, nurse, poet and transpersonal psychologist, who at the age of forty-seven found her life shattered first by a DCIS (early breast cancer) diagnosis, and five years later shattered by another, seemingly unrelated and incurable cancer—multiple myeloma.

The book includes the author’s experiences, reflections, poetry and journal entries, in addition to writing prompts for readers to express their own personal story. Raab’s journals have provided a safe haven and platform to validate and express her feelings. Raab views journaling to be like a daily vitamin—it heals, detoxifies and is essential for optimal health.

Readers will learn to:

1. Understand the importance of early cancer detection and how to take control of their own health

2. Discover the power of writing to release bottled-up emotions

3. Learn how the process of journaling can facilitate healing

4. See how a cancer diagnosis can be a riveting event which can renew and change a person in a unique way

The author says, “There are a number of messages I have taken from the cancer journey, but for me, the most important one is that the diagnosis of cancer should be considered a turning point that sets you free to fulfill or examine dreams that can no longer wait. In spite of everything, I try to wake up every morning happy to be alive and with joy in my heart.”

About the Author
Diana Raab, Ph.D. is an award-winning author of eight books and over 500 articles and published poems. She’s a workshop leader, transpersonal psychologist, and thought provoker whose passion and expertise is writing for healing, transformation and empowerment. She has been writing since the age of 10 when her mother gifted her with her first journal to cope with her grandmother’s suicide. She blogs for Psychology Today, The Huffington Post (Huff50),and BrainSpeak. For more information, visit:

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