Bye-Bye Boobies

A cancer survivor’s memoir through grief, grace, and celebration.

by Joyce Van Dyk

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 31/01/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 158
ISBN : 9798765245736
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 158
ISBN : 9798765245729
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 158
ISBN : 9798765245712

About the Book

On that crisp October morning, as I stood on the deck of my home, gazing out at the serene lake, I heard a voice within me that would forever change my life. The words were simple yet profound, “Your results are positive, but don’t worry.” At that moment, I knew that the breast biopsy I had recently undergone would confirm what I already suspected - that I was embarking on my own journey of grief and healing. My life has been shaped by experiences of grief and loss, including the loss of my brother during high school, my mother shortly after college, and my father in my early 30s. As a former pastor and hospital chaplain, I had also helped countless others navigate this path, but now it was my turn to face it head-on. In Bye, Bye, Boobies, I share the story of my breast cancer journey— from mourning and grief to joy and celebration. This memoir offers a gift and guide to others whose lives are being invaded by breast cancer. It’s also a resource for those who will have to make a decision to say goodbye to parts of a body that have served them well. From throwing my own “Bye-Bye Boobies” party to discovering other creative and empowering ways to navigate cancer and grief, I hope this book provides useful tools, much-needed humor, and soulful guidance to help you on your own journey.

About the Author

Joyce Geertman-Van Dyk's life has been shaped by experiences of grief and loss, including the loss of her brother during high school and her mother shortly after college. Her personal journey with breast cancer deepened her understanding of the human condition of suffering and the search for meaning and joy. With degrees in Social Work and Theology from Western Michigan University and Western Theological Seminary, respectively, Joyce has honed her professional skills in fields such as church pastoring, hospital chaplaincy, and mental health. Her extensive work in these areas have equipped her with a wealth of knowledge and a profound understanding of the complexities of the human condition. Joyce is a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who values the importance of laughter and joy in life. As you read her book, you will see her light-hearted and humorous approach to navigating life's challenges.