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Janay Cosner: Dancing with Breast Cancer

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Meet Janay Cosner, author of Dancing with Breast Cancer.

Janay Cosner is a fun-loving poet. She is also a former English teacher and the author of eight Formula Writing curriculum guides for grades K–12.

Even though breast cancer ran in her family, she was shocked and overwhelmed when she was diagnosed with stage 2A. She was always the first one on the dance floor until her dance partner became cancer. Her cancer dance spun her in circles, and she became weak. Her only dance then was a dance with words—poetry. Writing poems helped her vent and get through doctors’ appointments, surgeries, night blues, and long days. Each poem is a snapshot of her journey.

The poet Muriel Rukeyser once said, "What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?" Janay Cosner splits the breast cancer world apart in Dancing with Breast Cancer. Each poem in her memoir is a snapshot of her journey: some sad, some happy, and some humorous.

The book is divided into four parts. In Part 1 Diagnosis and Surgery we hear Janay’s feelings of anger and panic when she was diagnosed. This section discusses the surgery and its aftermath, doctors and doctor appointments.

In Part 2 Chemotherapy, the poems talk about chemo appointments, Janay's feelings about chemo and being bald, and the daily life of a chemo patient. In Part 3 Radiation, the poems center on appointments, feelings and life during 33 radiations. In Part 4 The New Normal, the poems deal with life after treatment and the difficulties of recuperation.

Even though there is much pain and loss in these poems, there is much hope. Valuable lessons are learned. The poems answer, "What does it mean to be a survivor? What does it mean to be a warrior?" Some women will recognize Janay's dance with cancer and for others it will be eye-opening.

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