The Breast Cancer Journey

Stories of Hope with Action Items for Survival

by Lucinda West & With Pamela Schlembach



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/14/2016

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 326
ISBN : 9781512729924
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 326
ISBN : 9781512729931

About the Book

This book yearns to be written in. Mark it. Highlight it. Underline key phrases. Write in it. Dog-ear your favorite stories. Draw a picture. Put your name in it. Whatever your comfort level, just do it!

Journaling is good for the soul, with proven mental health and emotional benefits. A “yearbook” page is provided at the end of each story where you can write about your day, or list questions for your doctors. Yearbooks are memory books. They remind us of meaningful experiences and provide a commentary on our relationships with others.

The contributors in The Breast Cancer Journey have openly shared their personal stories as a means to help others who are going through a similar trial. They have passed on messages of hope and encouragement for support. Simple action items are suggested to provide you with daily motivation, with prompts for your journal. Our desire is for your life to be enriched as you go through this difficult time. As you read and write, you are becoming a coauthor in The Breast Cancer Journey.

About the Author

Lucinda C. West, Ph.D. was diagnosed at the age of 49 with Stage III, triple positive, invasive right breast cancer. She was subsequently treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center located in The Woodlands, Texas. Her treatment included six months of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, a modified radical right mastectomy, 33 daily radiation treatments, followed by eventual reconstruction. She is cancer-free.

Dr. West earned her Ph.D. from Regent University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Texas (LMFT-S) and Florida (LMFT), and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. She serves as Faculty Chair and Program Director for the dually accredited (COAMFTE and CACREP) Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program at Capella University. She has more than 20 years of experience providing marriage, family, and couples therapy, teaching master’s level MFT and CES doctoral students, in addition to supervising master’s level clinicians for licensure. Dr. West is a Clinical Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and a professional member of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

She has been married to her husband for 30 years. They have two grown children, one grandchild, and a dog. Hobbies include road trips on the Harley Davidson, spending time with the family, and playing with her new grandbaby. In addition she loves to sing, play the keyboard, and watch bluebirds nest in their Texan backyard.

Pamela J. Schlembach M.D., is a board certified radiation oncologist and holds an academic appointment as Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas, MD Anderson. Her regional office is conveniently located in The Woodlands, Texas, where she has been serving Montgomery county residents full-time since 2004.

Dr. Schlembach received her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo and completed her residency in radiation oncology at the world-renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2002 where she joined the faculty. She is a pioneer in the outreach program and is responsible for formulating the first multidisciplinary team for MD Anderson in breast cancer in a community setting. She serves as a community liaison for MD Anderson and speaks at a multitude of educational events and donates countless hours to education and support. She is the medical director of the Gamma Knife program at CHI St. Luke’s Woodlands hospital. She also facilitates “Breast Friends,” the largest breast cancer support and survivorship group in Montgomery County. She has received numerous publications and awards.

She has been married for 38 years and has two adult children. She enjoys cooking, biking and entertaining friends and family.