Cathy Brown finished her breast cancer treatment two years ago, but until recently didn't know that she held onto the anger and resentment that came with battling the disease, The Providence Journal
Brown kept a journal of her experiences during her fight against cancer, and has shared it with other survivors who form a writing group that was set up through the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.
"When you're first diagnosed, you're in a fog," she told the news source. "To go back and really think about what happened, it's tough. Talking about my feelings with a group is not something I'd normally do, but it helped me."
The group of eight women is now sharing their stories with a wider audience, having their stories, poems and essays published by the foundation in a new book, Journey from Despair to Hope.
The book is available to recently diagnosed breast cancer patients in area hospitals of Rhode Island for free. All others may receive a copy by donating $10 to the foundation.
The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation was established in 2004, pursuing a mission to raise awareness about the disease and increase breast health education.