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In Breast Cancer: One Illness, Two Women, Four Seasons, authors Mary Ellen Havard and Mary Openlander—one a patient, the other a practitioner of Trager, a form of complementary therapy—offer a first-person, combined journal account of the year during which Havard was diagnosed with, and treated for, breast cancer. The primary focus of the book is the unfolding experience of a woman who, out of catastrophic illness, creates a healing journey, aided in no small part by her relationship with a compassionate therapist.
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In the spring of the year 2000, Mary Ellen Havard was diagnosed with breast cancer. She writes that, on hearing those words, "my world flew apart. I was pulled in opposing directions, living in two worlds. There was the one of curling up in a ball and crying, refusing to eat, refusing to sleep, refusing to think. There was the other of facing the issues and making a plan. I had a job to do, and that job was called survival. As part of the job of survival, she kept a journal of her experience. That act of journalizing, suggested by Mary Openlander, a Trager practitioner who became part of Mary Ellen's cancer treatment team, began as a way to rein in fear and uncertainty and became part of the healing process. Simultaneously, Mary maintained her own written record of their treatment sessions. After independently documenting their thoughts and impressions for more than a year, Mary Ellen and Mary combined their separate journal entries to create Breast Cancer: One Illness, Two Women, Four Seasons. Not a "how-to" book, Breast Cancer is the account of one woman's experience through which we come to see how illness can be transformative —providing opportunities for growth—and how empathic care can help to redefine what it means to "get well." Breast Cancer: One Illness, Two Women, Four Seasons: Presents the experience from the persepctive of a person who is being treated for cancer and from that of a health care provider involved in the process of treatment; Shows a person taking charge of her own health—the primary voice in the cancer treatment planning and care decisions; Clarifies the importance of considering a range of treatment modalities as part of the cancer care regimen; Provides insight, through the supplemental entries of family members, into their experience of, and participation in, the cancer treatment process.About the Author:
Mary Ellen Havard was born and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. The eldest of six children in a family with strong Irish Catholic roots, Mary Ellen was a gregarious and outgoing child who enjoyed taking part in activities with her friends including athletics, team sports, and music. Following graduation from a private high school for girls, Mary Ellen entered the order of religious who had taught her and became a nun. While in that community, she attended Webster University in St. Louis, where she earned a B.A., and she received special training in Montessori early education methods. Mary Ellen was actively involved in her order's preschool and primary program for a number of years. After a period of reflection and reevaluation, Mary Ellen left the convent in the 1970s and moved from St. Louis to New York City, where she worked as a teacher. Two years later, she married Colin, who also had been a member of a religious order and a priest. While in New York, Mary Ellen obtained a Master's degree and continued teaching until the arrival of the couple's first son, Mark. Three years later, Mary Ellen, now a stay-at-home mom, and Colin became parents of their second child, Michael. With Mark approaching first grade, Colin seeking new employment, and Mary Ellen's mother terminally ill with cancer, the family returned to St. Louis where, years later, Mary Ellen continues to live, work, love, and—most recently—to capture her experience with breast cancer in a book. Mary Openlander grew up in the St. Louis area and earned a B.S. degree in physical therapy from St. Louis University. Mary had more than twelve years of experience in physical therapy when she began studying the Trager Approach in 1991. Delighted with the way Trager broadened her abilities to help patients with chronic pain, she acquired further certification as a Mentastics movement education instructor and became an assistant to the educational staff of Trager International. In 1998, Mary opened Physical Therapy Innovations to provide a setting for blending traditional physical therapy with complementary approaches. She recently concluded a three-year term on the board of the United States Trager Association and was the 2002 recipient of the Florence P. Kendall Award from St. Louis University for outstanding service in physical therapy. A yoga student, singer and outdoors enthusiast, Mary lives in St. Louis with her husband and two sons.
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