Mother Publishes Story of Her Daughter’s Battle Against Cancer in New Book
Author Rebecca Rozelle Burt returns with a nonfiction work which traces a journey that transformed her life and may also transform the lives of others.
Anniston, AL (PRWEB) January 10, 2013 — From Rebecca Rozelle Burt, author of Facing Bulls—a powerful fiction about death, grief and coping—comes I Had a Daughter, a newly-published, evocative work of nonfiction, that tackles the same life-changing themes as her novel.
Burt recounts in raw detail the story of her 13-month journey with her daughter, Rozelle Burt Lentjes, as she battled a lethal form of cancer. It is a remarkable story that deals with relationships and suffering, courage and perseverance, humility and grace, faith and love.
I Had A Daughter is a memoir as well as a spiritual diary. Written by a mother who becomes a primary caregiver for her beloved 46-year-old daughter, the book is composed of a chronological narrative interspersed with pertinent e-mails, inner monologues, and medical data. No component of the author’s experience is omitted. The author does, however, recognize her limitations. “I tell Rozelle’s story only as I could perceive it within the space allowed to those we love, the borders of our private inner worlds. I admit to the subjectivity of
my perceptions and memories,” Burt writes.
The book allows readers to experience from the inside what the author calls “cancer world.” Including details of their medical journey, Burt reveals the complications and frustrations involved in finding the right doctors and the best treatment. She describes how the best doctors relate to the patient and not just the disease. She also emphasizes the necessity of informed patient participation in the process of treatment.
Ultimately the story becomes a spiritual diary. During bad times and good, the author is surprised by changes and discoveries in her understanding of what life brings. This book will provide insights for any reader who has faced adversity and survived. It will also be of interest to anyone who has wondered about the mysterious ways in which we incorporate suffering and loss into our lives without falling into despair.
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About the Author
Rebecca Rozelle Burt was born and grew up in Talladega, Alabama. She attended Auburn University, married, and later graduated from the University of Alabama at Huntsville. When her two children were young, she earned an MA degree from Jacksonville State University. After teaching English in junior high and high schools in various northeastern Alabama locations, she spent the last several years of her career in the English Department of Jacksonville State University. She is the author of a novel, Facing Bulls, published in 2010 and
is currently working on another novel, Because I Live Here, and editing Recollections: My Folks and Fields, her late father’s cultural history of life in rural Clay County, Alabama. She lives in Anniston, Alabama, with her husband, Mack. They share their home with Woodrow the Wonder Dog, a border collie mix rescued from a local shelter.uas
I Had A Daughter * by Rebecca Rozelle Burt
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Publication Date: 11/27/2012
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