excerpted from No One Wrote a Manual by Fran Padgett
Across the polished wood table my surgeon's face was calm and concerned. His hands were on the open file of pathology reports. His eyes looked directly into mine. I found the sight of his skilled and gentle hands reassuring as I uttered the words that would change my body forever.
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Breast Cancer Recovery: No One Wrote a Manual, published by Bayou Publishing, was the winner of six literary awards in 2007: the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award in Health, the Independent Publishers Press Silver Award in “Most Life Changing” Category, the National Indie Excellence Award in the Art Category, Book of the Year Award Finalist in both Art and Health Categories, and “Most Memorable” Award in Women’s Issues by ForeWord Magazine