Ragnhild Munck Days of Goodbyes

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Days of Goodbyes

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Courageous Fight Against Breast Cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women; only lung cancer accounts for more fatalities. The American Cancer Society estimated that 211,240 women would be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2005, with more than 40,000 of those cases resulting in death. This devastating disease took the life of forty-year-old Maria after a five-year-long battle. Maria’s mother, Ragnhild Munck, writes of her daughter’s struggle to survive and of her painful path toward death in Days of Goodbyes: A Mother’s Tribute to a Daughter Tortured to Death by Breast Cancer. “Nothing is worse than losing a child,” says Munck, who was born and educated in Denmark, where she worked many years in the public Health Care Sector until moving to the United States in 1980. “I am only one of many who have lost a daughter killed by breast cancer. Many of us find it difficult to talk about the loss of a beloved child, for our tears are always ready to flow. A picture, a word, a tune can catch us unawares and the tears may start to run. This story is a tribute to her and to her untiring eagerness to help other cancer patients by sharing her knowledge and experience and talk about what helped her survive as long as she did.” Readers first meet Maria as a beautiful little girl who grew up particularly close to her older brother. As an adult, she enlisted in the Air Force, then later worked as a radio operator. When she discovered a lump in her breast, she was soon diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. But she faced treatment as she faced life: bravely and uncomplainingly. When she was told the cancer had spread to her spine, right arm, left femur, and lower part of the skull, she took the news with characteristic calm. Through the eyes of her brokenhearted mother, readers see the sheer will and strength of Maria as she fought to survive this illness for half a decade. The pain and anguish she suffered did nothing to break her spirit. And Maria’s legacy lives on through her mother. “If Maria’s story can help raise awareness of the horrors many young women go through after having been diagnosed with breast cancer, and if the story of her struggles can help create funds to prevent breast cancer and thus save lives, she will have given a contribution to the world beyond her wildest dreams,” says Munck. All proceeds from the publication of Days of Goodbyes will be divided equally between two issues dear to Maria’s heart: to help search for preventable causes of breast cancer by supporting the work of the Silent Spring Institute, which is a leader in breast cancer and environmental studies, and Dana’s Fields, which helps redeploy homeless people into society as productive members.

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Ragnhild Munck grew up and was educated in Denmark where she worked in the public Health Care Sector. She came to the United States in 1980 and worked as a social worker for a number of years. She has spent periods of her life in other countries and traveled extensively with her four children, who eventually all settled in the United States. Munck currently resides in Massachusetts.

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My heart is broken and full at the same time.......having just finished reading Days Of Goodbyes. I struggle to find the way to share how your beautiful book has impacted me. The following words come to my heart & mind........family love, passion, compassion. devotion. selflessness, pride, courage, commitment, sadness, torture, unfair, loss, life, why?, spirit, gift, fulfillment, endurance and many more that I know will fill my mind over time. Thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter's story with me and the world. I am blessed, Love, Linda --Linda Shafer. lshafer302@verizon.net

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