OKLAHOMA CITY--Project Wo-man, a committee of the American Cancer
Society (ACS)--has published a book depicting the experiences
of Oklahoma women with breast cancer as expressed by the women
themselves, their friends, children, and other loved ones through
stories, photographs, and artwork (see illustrations at right
and on page 1).
'To Hear Their Voices'
"This is the kind of book I wanted to read when I learned
that I had breast cancer," said Roseanna D. Smith, who chaired
the project. "I knew I could get answers to the medical questions
from my physicians . . . but what I wanted most was to hear the
voice of someone who had been there."
Project Woman consists of representatives of hospitals, mammography
screening facilities, health care professionals, community volunteers,
and breast cancer survivors. Oklahoma's First Lady, Cathy Keating,
serves as honorary chair for the book project, which grew out
of a 1995 photographic display honoring the lives of several Oklahoma
women who had experienced breast cancer.
"The dream of Project Woman," Ms. Smith said, "is
to encourage all women with breast cancer to tell their stories--keep
a diary, write a poem, record a daily log of what happens and
how you feel. And we trust that reading the stories and seeing
the pictures in this book may serve as a balm to others."
All proceeds from the book, A Portrait of Breast Cancer--Expressions
in Words and Art, will go to Project Woman, to further breast
cancer education and provide free or reduced-cost mammography
For more information about the Portraits book or to order a copy,
contact the American Cancer Society--Heartland Division, at 1-800-733-9888.