Women of Silence
Reconnecting with the Emotional Healing of Breast cancer – 2nd edition. (1st edition 1994)
“An essential companion for all women, it answers all the questions you often don’t want to ask. Packed with useful exercises to help you regain control of your situation, it will help you begin the healing process during the emotional turmoil that surrounds breast cancer.”
Professor Karol Sikora Professor of Cancer Medicine, Imperial college Hammersmith Hospital London UK
The essential handbook for all women—not just women with breast or other cancers.
- Illness prevention & health promotion
- Breast health and healing
- Understanding the power of emotions
- Connecting body, mind, emotion & spirit
“This book is full of Thoughtful, practical insights to everyday living with cancer. I would like all my colleagues to read it.”
Professor R.R. Hall – Lead Clinician, Northern cancer Network, NHS – UK
‘Women of Silence’ provides a practical and thoughtful approach to understanding the emotional consequences and responses women affected by breast cancer can experience.
It is book that answers questions that women often don’t get to ask, or even want to ask as they approach the psychological, emotional and spiritual challenges that this all too-common disease creates.
There are exercises to help in the process of rebuilding confidence and taking back emotional control. Grace is a highly experienced therapist and teacher and makes no apologies for ‘saying it as it is’. This book will prove an invaluable asset to all therapists who want to really understand how to support their clients and their carers during and after the time of breast cancer.
Dr Ruth Sewell – Former Senior psycho-therapist at Penny Brohn Centre (Bristol Cancer Help Centre) – Pill Bristol UK 2009 – Course Tutor: Diploma in the Study of Integrated Medicine, Integrated Health Trust, Bath UK
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Grace Gawler – “One of the things that has been the most helpful to my understanding of women with breast cancer, has been dealing with the shadow and allowing women to going to the depth, allowing them to actually feel their feelings and express them rather than suppress the emotions connected to fear & the difficulties associated with their diagnosis.
To take off the mask and to be with people in that experience is a really important process for us as women. People come to integrate the shadow rather than having to wear it as a mask.
From my groups, I realised the stories they told so many common denominators. I realised that there was nothing on the bookshelves written for women about the emotional healing of breast cancer.
Repetitive themes shared by thousands of women attending Grace Gawler’s cancer retreats, compelled her to author Women of Silence – the Emotional Healing of Breast Cancer – it soon became a best seller.
The video (right) made by students from Griffith Film School, Brisbane, follows several women on their breast cancer journeys. Grace and a Queensland therapist offer practical tips for emotional management.
Later, they all share reading Grace’s poem ‘Women of Silence.’ This heartfelt piece often moves women to tears, acknowledging their silent (lonely) experiences. Grace’s retreats provided the model now used by breast cancer support groups across Australia. For decades her poem was gifted to many groups on ‘Daffodil Day’ for fundraising purposes.
Grace Gawler is a woman who writes from a lifetime of experience, both personal and professional. Her commitment to support cancer patients has stretched from the Southern to the Northern hemisphere. Professor Neville Davidson FTCP FRCR
Professor in Clinical Oncology, Broomfield Hospital Essex United Kingdom Chairman HEAL Cancer Charity and Helen Rollason Cancer Care Centre Appeal
In 1974 when her partner developed osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer); his leg was amputated. Grace committed every fibre of her being to assisting his survival.
At that time, with few medical options available, they experimented with 31 different therapeutic approaches – some were useful, most were not.
They became aware of the lack of support services for cancer patients. Transformed by their personal experience as carer and patient, they founded Australia’s first Cancer Support Group, working over the years with more than 10,000 people with cancer.
Following the breakdown of her marriage concurrent with a serious health crisis of her own, Grace wrote the second edition of Women of Silence. As numerous surgical procedures interrupted her busy professional life, Grace focused her attention increasingly on the multi-layered stresses and traumas that lead to extreme physical and emotional exhaustion and illness.