Women of Silence
Reconnecting with the Emotional Healing of Breast cancer
“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
You can purchase Grace Gawler's compelling book, Women of Silence, at the bottom of this page.
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.
Her book is timely and comes at a time when the WHO is emphasizing prevention as cancer rates continue to soar. This book is not about alternatives, but it is a well considered approach that provides the bridge between the medical and the emotional issues surrounding breast cancer.
Grace asks women to be innovative and proactive, so that the emphasis is on self-care. It is not just about providing women with practical well-proven methods that work, but it is also about asking women to examine how they live their lives. It is about encouraging women to “sing” again; rather than fall victim to their illness.
As a consultant oncologist, I am very aware that emotional and lifestyle issues play a big part in the management of cancer. Grace’s commitment to help cancer patients is inspiring.
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
Forty three years ago when her husband developed terminal bone cancer, Grace committed every fibre of her being to finding ways of healing the disease.
Together they journeyed to the edge of life, working their way through 31 different therapeutic approaches, until little by little the life force was switched on again and healing began. Transformed by this experience, 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 and a serious health crisis of her own, Grace has written this 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. “We bleed energetically” she says “losing our passion for living.”
So, the Silent Women of Grace’s book, who so often struggle with breast cancer, bottle up their emotions even though they may not be instinctively passive by nature. Overwhelmed by painful experiences they keep silent; the inner void of unresolved emptiness within them making action well nigh impossible.
So this book, which has relevance for all women and should be on every bookshelf, takes the reader step by step through unresolved grief and loss, through half remembered guilt and shame, through weariness and discouragement to a place where emotional healing can be found. With immense compassion, and insight, Grace tells stories of people who have trodden the Pilgrim Path, finding their way to release, healing and forgiveness.
We hear much about the word ‘empowerment’ these days and admire self-confident, authentic women who hold their place in society with ease and independence. Grace leads her ‘Silent Women’ through a therapeutic programme that gives them access to this sunlit world. Creative imagery, relaxation, meditation, spiritual intention, affirmations and de-stressing, lead to healing and restored boundaries, greater resilience, trust and faith.
Women of Silence is a handbook of health and healing addressing the strong emotional components especially associated with breast cancer; it gives practical advice, help and encouragement to re-connect and restore body, mind, emotions and spirit.
Review authored by the late Pat Pilkington MBE Co founder Bristol Cancer Help Centre, Bristol, UK. (Now Penny Brohn Centre, Pill UK)