Warrior in Pink – Book Review

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Warrior in Pink
Author – Vivian Mabuni
Published April 1, 2014
192 pages
Memoirs

♥♥♥♥½

Amazon’s Book Description

‘I managed to make my way to the car through blurry, tear-filled vision. Inside the car I tried to calm down by looking out the window as cars drove by. Everyone was going somewhere. And I sat and watched. My life had suddenly come to a standstill.’ When young mother Vivian Mabuni was diagnosed with breast cancer three days before Christmas, she struggled to know how to respond. How do you tell your children you have cancer? How do you allow yourself to be vulnerable and ask for your family’s support? And how do you continue to trust God? Through her battle, cancer patients, family, and friends will find perspective, hope, and an honest look at what it is like to be diagnosed with and treated for cancer as well as encouragement to know that God is present in our pain. Warrior in Pink: A Story of Cancer, Community, and a God Who Comforts: · provides an honest look at what it is like to be diagnosed with and treated for cancer · includes ways to encourage yourself and others · shows you how to invite God into your pain

My Thoughts

The author of Warrior in Pink relied heavily on her family, friends, community and God when she was diagnosed and battled breast cancer.  Although I don’t recall her coming out and saying it, I also think she relied on her writing to battle all the annoyances that go along with cancer treatment: diagnosis, tests, biopsy, surgery, recovery, chemotherapy radiation, and physical therapy. There were side-affects too. In addition to the usual hair loss, she also dealt with Lymphedema and cording .  She often wrote about these subjects in her CaringBridge online journal.

I liked how she used scripture to support her battles and was open enough to include the words that she felt God laying on her heart.  These scriptures were not only ammunition against her cancer, but they could be applied to anyone facing a trial; whether it is cancer, addiction or mental illness.  She had her moments of anger, yet, God was faithful and reminded her of His wonderful unconditional grace; a grace that would follow her ten month ordeal and afterwards.

Warrior in Pink is an inspiring, well-organized and easy to read book. The author was very transparent and honest in telling her story.  I would recommend it to anyone diagnosed with cancer and also to family and friends of someone battling cancer. A section is included from her husband on advice to spouses/caregivers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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