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20 Poems 20 Paintings A Creative Warrior's Journal

This Empowerment Book inspires people touched by cancer to fight and to process while they co-create it and to share their stories.

20 Poems 20 Paintings A Creative Warrior's Journal

This Empowerment Book inspires people touched by cancer to fight and to process while they co-create it and to share their stories.

$658
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
20
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 7 2015 4:08 PM UTC +00:00

About

An Empowerment Book 

20 Poems 20 Paintings A Creative Warrior’s Journal is an Empowerment Book for cancer fighters, survivors and their support people. It is an adult coloring book/journal with an inspiring mission: To empower people touched by cancer and others navigating major life challenges to process their changes while they co-create the book, and to encourage them to heal though connectivity by sharing what they create and learn. It is a great gift for people dealing with the biggest challenges and changes in their lives.

Who Needs To Know About This?

I am the empowered survivor I most needed to know about 10 ½ years ago when I found out I had brain cancer. 20 Poems 20 Paintings A Creative Warrior’s Journal is the book I most needed to know about when I first started negotiating the “new normal” of fighting brain cancer. In fact, it was at that time that I began writing the poems in it, with no idea that some day they would help a lot of people or be in this book.

Who Will This Help?

It is going to help people who want to support loved ones in need but aren’t sure what to do. It will illuminate a pathway for those who are passing through some of the darkest times of their lives by helping them to access and practice faith, equanimity and gratitude.  One of the main beneficiaries of this project are cancer fighters in financial need. When I was sick and scared, writing the poems in it helped heal me. 

 When I was devastated in grief, painting the pictures in it made me feel better, and perhaps most significantly, when I shared my work with others, talking  about our common experiences helped to heal us all.  As a community of inspired creative support grows from this book, this phenemenon will help more and more people.

How Does It Work?

I designed 20Poems 20 Paintings A Creative Warrior’s Journal to inspire people process their major challenges and changes while co-creating it. My poems and paintings provide an empowering foundation for co-creators to build from. Please look through the transformational block of four book pages from the book directly below. This illustrates the way this book will support some co-creators’ processes while getting out of the way of those who want to do things their own way. 

A Transformative Block: Four Sample Pages From  20 Poems 20 Paintings  A Creative Warrior's Journal

A Note To Cancer Poem
A Note To Cancer Poem
Writing Space Page
Writing Space Page
A Note To Cancer  - The Painting
A Note To Cancer - The Painting
The Creative space for A Note To Cancer
The Creative space for A Note To Cancer

Please Help Finish This Book!

20 Poems 20 Paintings A Creative Warrior’s Journal is not finished and it wont be until my co-creators complete their part of book. This kickstarter will fund printing of run of archival quality copies of this book on 80# Accent font stock. The interior will be elegant, inviting and durable. Co-creators will enjoy the bliss of doing all of their work in the books and be left with a genuinely beautiful and enduring historical documents to share when they are done. If you want to help a cancer fighter, survivor, support person, this is an excellent transformative gift, it is the gift of empowerment, creativity and connectivity. I hope you believe in why this book is important and will back and advocate for the kickstarter to print and distribute it. The campaign ends on December 7th. Thanks for helping make it successful!   

Risks and challenges

I have a lot of goals for this Kickstarter, and I am going to need help fulfilling them. Knowing this, I began vetting and building a team of professionals in printing, fulfillment, database management and email marketing in the beginning 0f 2015. I'm committed to transparent communication and timely fulfillment of awards for those who fund this Kickstarter.

In the year before I launched this project I assembled a mastermind group to help me offer awesome awards that are easy to fulfill. I wanted to deliver quality and keep my promises. Thank goodness! Because of our planning, most of the awards in this kickstarter can be cost-effectively fulfilled and in a timely manner using the US Postal service's Media Mail. Although at least two of my options for printing the books would allow me to deliver the books in advance of the promised delivery dates, I have kept the fulfillment date as realistic as possible. You might see your books early, but just in case of any delays, I plan to deliver in April of 2016.

I know what I want, what I can do on my own and what I cannot. The video for this Kickstarter is a good example of that. I am not a professional camera operator, editor, producer or director, and yet I have a professional quality video on my project page. That is because I know how to communicate my goals and how to connect with people who believe in them and can help me achieve them. I make a practice of being "there" for people and that has a way coming back for me. This is one of my strongest survivor skills.

There are two major types of people who get cancer, those who are resourceful, empowered and motivated to fight and those cowed by their disease and doctors. I belong to the first group. I am a 10 1/2 year brain cancer survivor. I am six times the survivor my neurosurgeon told me he expected me to be and I am recurrence free. I believe that I'm still here because I am proactive, open-minded and because I had some really important things that needed to be done in my lifetime. Writing this book was one of them. I dreamt it up, I conferred with writers, artists and cancer survivors, I collaborated with a graphic designer to lay it out and I create it - mostly between June and August of 2015. I absolutely believe in the message of healing through creativity and connectivity it communicates. And it was a huge undertaking that I completed with quality results, very recently.

I am grateful for having survived and thrived, and I am where I am because I don't stop until I've gotten what I want, because I finish what I start and because I belong to awesome communities where we all support and empower each other's successes. I have already found the right people to help me make this happen. The plans are comprehensive and in place, the project budget thoroughly covers all of project goals. Please help fund it and spread the word about it.<script>
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    You will receive a perfect bound archival quality print of 20 Poems 20 Paintings A Creative Warrior's Journal autographed with a personal thank you note from the author. You will also get a signed 8 1/2 X11" print of Another Step, my most popular painting at exhibits and book signings. Your funding will provide a gift book for a cancer fighter in need that I will personally deliver. This gift will include a thank you card I will collect from the recipient and send to you to protect your privacy. You get a thank you email and access to project updates. Thank you for supporting the dream!

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