Dr Robyn Rowland AO was an academic until she found her cancer in 1996 _ this and burnout, changed her life. After two years of 'The Great Silence of my Life', she returned to writing. Living through cancer and treatment, experiencing a change of identity from international researcher to single mother on a pension, Robyn has sustained her life through the written word – and many more avenues of course! She discusses her life and reads some of her poems that explore the experience of breast cancer. Simone de Beauvoir wrote: 'It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw strength to live and reason for living.' Does poetry help with this?
Keeping it real : living through breast cancer
by Rowland, Robyn
BreaCan, Melbourne, Vic, 2006
Categories: Breast Cancer, Women's Stories
Subjects: Breast cancer, Personal experiences, Poetry
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