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This Body, My Life

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A cancer survivor shares insights and inspiration for anyone facing serious illness.
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Deena Metzger's life is a lesson in healing for all women who have suffered from serious illness. On This Body, My Life, Deena shares the story of her recovery from a radical mastectomy, and her profound discovery that creativity and the imagination can heal.

Her own healing began, she tells us, with the simplest of acts: she brought her typewriter into the hospital with her. Looking inward, writing constantly through the pain, she saw past society's obsession with death. She saw her illness centered, not in her body, but in the world we live in. How can our bodies be healthy when our planet is not? Through the language of metaphor, we come to understand the links between life-threatening illness and the toxic environment we inhabit.

This story of tremendous courage and self-reliance is a blessing for every person faced with illness. Deena shows that each small gesture we make, each healing relationship we form, helps heal us all. While This Body, My Life concerns the challenge of cancer, it is not about slipping quietly into death. It is about awakening into life-through creativity, love, and courage. Includes a live lecture, “The Practice of Creativity and Healing,” and a detailed question-and-answer session about Deena's life, art, and work.

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Contents Digital Audio (2 hours, 45 minutes)
Product Code AD00207W
ISBN Number 978-1-62203-813-8
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About Deena Metzger

Deena Metzger is an award winning novelist, poet, essayist, storyteller, teacher, healer, and medicine woman. For more than four decades, she has taught, mentored. counseled and visioned with writers, healers, medical practitioners, visionaries, helping to bring forth a new culture in alignment with the natural world, indigenous knowledge, new and ancient wisdom traditions. Her creative work includes the novels, La Negra y Blanca, Feral, Doors: A Fiction for Jazz Horn, and The Other Hand. Other books include Ruin and Beauty: New and Selected Poems; Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing; Tree: Essays and Pieces (including The Woman Who Slept With Men to Take the War Out of Them); Intimate Nature: Women's Bond with Animals, (co-edited with Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson) and the classic writing text, Writing For Your Life. http://deenametzger.net.


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Deena's fierce passion and truth-telling has opened long forgotten pieces of me that needed to live, along with a visceral regard and love for our life and planet.

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