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10 Days in April cover

  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-5255-3642-7
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 198 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-5255-3641-0
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 198 pages
  • Keywords
    • Memoir,
    • Cancer treatment,
    • —Breast cancer,
    • Women writers,
    • Faith Journey,
    • Cancer diagnosis

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10 Days in April
...a detour through breast cancer
by Eleanor Deckert

Newly-wed Eleanor had a plan for her life: “I want to get married, go out west, build a log cabin, raise a bunch of kids, teach them about the Lord, volunteer in my community, and then write a book about it!” As her dreams became a reality over the next 40 years, she and her husband, Kevin, lived the Back-to-the-Land lifestyle, overcame limitations, built an improved house, grew much of their own food, homeschooled their four children and volunteered in an ever-widening community. Eleanor became a freelance writer and developed seminars. Next on her to-do list: Write her memoir. Cancer arrived when she had other plans. The detour took her deep into a labyrinth of questions, research, consultations and agonizing soul-searching. From Mother Nature to Hi-Tech... From organic gardening to radiation treatment... From a log cabin in the Canadian mountains to a dormitory in a distant city... Eleanor’s Life Path certainly took a detour.

"A personal memoir about the experience of treatment of breast cancer in a journal style. A beautiful, touching book; by offering your own vulnerability, you really connect to the reader. Your thoughts and struggles, and the journey you were on is very relatable to those who have cancer and those who know someone with cancer. It also has an uplifting and touching ending, which emphasizes your personal growth. ... thoughtful ... touching ... vivid ... the tone is reflective, philosophical, spiritual ..." — Evaluating Editor, FriesenPress

Eleanor Deckert photo

“You can write a book about your experiences!” my well-meaning friend suggested. “You can keep a Journal!” “You’ll make lots of friends!” she tried to encourage me. “You’ll help a lot of people!” yet another suggestion. Not very likely! I don’t want to remember any of this... no Journal... no friends...and it will be hard enough to take care of my own Self, I have no intention of listening to or helping anyone else. That was the attitude I packed up and took with me when I traveled five hours from home to enter the cancer centre for daily radiation treatments. Dizzy with inner conflict, haunted by fears of technological interventions, confused by conflicting advice, unprepared for scientific interference in my Mother Nature lifestyle, I had never had to reconcile my spiritual beliefs with a traumatic personal decision-making process. Thankfully, support came in many and varied ways. I made it through the detour.


Eleanor Deckert

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