We are looking for true stories and poems about your experience with cancer––as a patient, as a relative, friend or co-worker of someone with cancer, or as a medical professional or clergy engaged in a variety of treatments.
We prefer stories and poems written in the first person of no more than 1200 words.
Here are some suggested topics:
The Initial Diagnosis –– What a Patient Hears, What a Doctor Says
Learning to Say the C Word –– breaking the news to loved ones, friends and co-workers
Relationships – how cancer affects family ties, friendships, and professional connections
Securing a medical team and creating a support system
What’s happening to my body? Living through treatment and an ever changing self-image
No Hair Days –– Embarrassing and humorous moments
Discovering new faith and spirituality
Cancer and Sexuality
Life gets bigger –– Rising above the suffering and fear
Facing mortality for the first time
Regaining strength and seeing life anew
Letting go of a loved one
Life’s not fair but it’s my one and only
What I’ve Learned –– from both sides
If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book.
You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100.
We will copyright your story in your name and you will retain the rights to resell it.
SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoupf orthesoul. com/form. asp?cid=submit_ story
DEADLINE IS AUGUST 31, 2008 although we may accept stories after that date if we have room.