Virtual Book Tour: Healing with Words, A Writer's Cancer Journey

[Reading Time: 7 – 11 minutes]

“Journaling is like a daily vitamin–in that it heals, detoxifies, and is essential for optimal health.” ~ Diana Raab

Do you love journaling? Do you want to learn how journaling can help with the healing process? Then this tour is for you!

When Diana Raab was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of forty-seven, she turned to journaling as a way to help ease the pain and release bottled-up emotions. Diana says, “When it hurts, write harder.” And her book, Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey, shares some of these journal entries, along with reflections, poetry, and writing prompts for readers to express their own stories.


Stop  by The Muffin and leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of Diana Raab’s book, Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey. Proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the Mayo Clinic Foundation.

Meet the Author

Diana M. Raab, MFA, RN was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1954 and received her undergraduate degree in Health Administration and Journalism in 1976. A few years later she received her RN degree. After 25 years as a medical and self-help writer, she’s directed her creative energy towards nonfiction and memoir writing. In 2003 she earned her MFA in Writing from Spalding University’s low-residency program.

Diana is the author of eight books. Her first memoir, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal (2007) was the recipient of the 2009 Mom’s Choice Award for Adult Non-Fiction, and the 2009 National Indie Award for Excellence in Memoir. Her award-winning work has been published in numerous literary magazines and is widely anthologized. She has one poetry chapbook, My Muse Undresses Me, and two poetry collections, Dear Anais: My Life in Poems For You (winner of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Award for Poetry) and The Guilt Gene (2009).

After experiencing three successful, but high-risk pregnancies, she wrote a comprehensive guide for other women. The award-winning Getting Pregnant and Staying Pregnant (1989) was updated and revised in collaboration with Dr. Errol Norwitz of Yale School of Medicine under the new title, Your High Risk Pregnancy: A Practical and Supportive Guide (2009).

Diana is also editor of the anthology, Writers and Their Notebooks (USC Press 2010), a collection of essays written by distinguished writers who journal, including Sue Grafton, Kim Stafford, Dorianne Laux, John DuFresne, James Brown and Michael Steinberg, to name a few. The foreword is written by world-renowned personal essayist, Phillip Lopate.

Diana’s latest book, Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey, reflects her experiences battling breast cancer at age forty-seven, and then multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer, when she was fifty-two.

Diana currently teaches creative journaling and memoir in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She facilitates workshops in journaling and writing for healing around the country, and is a frequent moderator for panels on writing.

Author’s Websites:

Website: Diana Raab
Blog: Diana’s Notebook
Facebook: Diana Raab

Upcoming Tour Dates

July 12, 2010 Monday (Today!)

The Muffin
Diana will be chatting with WOW! Women On Writing at The Muffin. One lucky commenter will win a copy of her book!


July 13, 2010 Tuesday

Cancer Spot
Stop by My Breast Cancer Blog  for a peek inside  Diana Raab’s book, Healing with Words. You can also enter to win her book!


July 14, 2010 Wednesday

Writers Inspired
Today at Writers Inspired Diana Raab writes about the link between creativity and depression. She’s also giving away a copy of her latest book, Healing with Words.


July 15, 2010 Thursday

Stop by Mom-e-Centric to meet author Diana Raab, and enter to win her book, Healing with Words!


July 16, 2010 Friday

Selling Books
What inspired you to begin writing? Diana Raab, who can claim a shelf full of books to her name, tells us what started her on her writing journey.


July 20, 2010 Tuesday

Self-Help Daily
Diana Raab shares her thoughts on the link between creativity and depression today at Self-Help Daily.  Are depressed people that are also creative an exception to the rule?


July 22, 2010 Thursday

Beyond Breast Cancer
Author Diana Raab shares the secrets to writing a healing poem today. You also have a chance to win her latest book, Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey!


July 27, 2010 Tuesday

Silver & Grace
Eliza will be reviewing Diana Raab’s latest book, Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey, today at Silver & Grace. Stop by and read her thoughtful review!


July 29, 2010 Thursday

Spirituality and Self-Help
Stop by this wonderful blog today to learn some techniques for coping with life’s craziness from author Diana Raab.


August 3, 2010 Tuesday

Write for a Reader
Author Diana Raab will be sharing a special memory about her love of books today. You can also enter to win a copy of her book!


August 3, 2010 Tuesday

Silver & Grace
Diana returns to Silver & Grace to give away her book, Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey.


August 5, 2010 Thursday

Crazy Sexy Life
Diana stops by Kris Carr’s blog Crazy Sexy Life to tell us how creativity and depression can coexist. Last chance to win a copy of Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey!


August 10, 2010 Tuesday

Silver & Grace
Diana returns to Silver & Grace to answer a few questions about her latest book Healing with Words.


Disclaimer: I was not compensated for posting this information. Thanks to WOW! Women On Writing for sharing this information with me.