"And So We Heal by Pauline Lomas"
reviewed by Chris Woollams, MA (Oxon)
ICON Magazine www.canceractive.com
This article reviews the book AND SO WE HEAL, by Pauline Lomas (www.paulinelomas.com) which is a story of how Pauline overcame and survived breast cancer. It is written by Chris Woollams.
Diagnosed with breast cancer shortly before her 50th birthday, Pauline Lomas is determined to heal herself without the conventional surgery, chemo, and radiation.
In her book, And So We Heal, she writes, “This was not something the doctors could just cut out and I would return to normal life. I knew instinctively all was not well in my ‘normal’ life. The truth is, I was sad and heartbroken…surely there had to be a connection.”
No stranger to drama or indeed comedy, having once been an actress in Hollywood - including a stint as Meryl Streep’s stand-in - Pauline uses the diagnosis as an opportunity for transformation, courageously taking a deep look at her own remarkable life. Taken by her hand, we discover how the time-honoured search for inner balance suddenly becomes urgent and poignant when the body breaks its own
rules and cells go haywire. Truly an extraordinary book full of useful information, nutritional guidance, and positive affirmations, made all the more special by the colourful art and images that were a part of her healing process.
A sense of humour shines bright, and authenticity blows throughout the text like a fresh breath of hope. Her own personal prescription for self healing is there for all to read.
“As children we were told that archangels are a special breed of angels, which next to their natural sweetness have the strength and courage to overcome the most fearsome demons”, as Pauline says. This adventure, for her whole life has truly been an adventure, is fascinatingly documented. Pauline Lomas is an example for all of how a steely determination can be associated with a tender soul. An unpretending angel, with the humility of she who knows that life is fleeting and that we are all equal before illness. Pauline is an angel that has ‘made it’.
A must-read book on how one woman beat her breast cancer without any orthodox treatment; this book will inspire and empower you.
"A Courageous Fight and an Inspiration"
reviewed by Steven Carroll (Hollywood, California)
Pauline's book about her unconventional fight against breast cancer offers hope to so many. When she chose to step away from mainstream treatment and find an alternative way to treat and cure her cancer, she was walking into the unknown but her courage and determination did not waiver and in the end, she won her battle. The book is filled with, not only her fight against a terrible illness but also, her amazing and colorful life, her world travels and her relationships. Her sense of humor shines through and not once did her illness interfere or interrupt her busy life. If you know anyone suffering from an illness, read this book. It will inspire and empower you.
"Journey of the Heart"
reviewed by Leonie Tremaine "Leonie Albani-Tremaine"www.adiosaries.com
Pauline Lomas has written a heartbreakingly beautiful account of her own personal journey through heartache and illness, illustrating throughout the book the connection between body and spirit. A must-read for anyone who needs healing - physical, emotional, or - as we learn from Ms. Lomas - both.
"...truly inspirational and informative."
reviewed by Kamila Schertel "Nanami" (West Hollywood, California)
This is a wonderful book - easy to read and engaging to the point that you just want to keep on reading. What really attracted me is that this is a true story in which the author found her own way back to herself and her own health. You will learn through Pauline´s story the varied and innovative ways that she found to heal the cancer that was in her body. There is a love story here that I couldn't wait to discover. If you are in need of encouragement on your own road of health recovery this book is truly inspirational and informative. I strongly and lovingly recommend it!
"A book to enjoy as well as learn from...also a love story !"
reviewed by Patricia Ruth Fellner (Malaga, Spain) www.elduendeandalucia.com
...and don’t we need books to help us through the toughest challenges of our lives? This one will help all women with breast cancer to feel less isolated and overpowered by that `c`word...learn some techniques to help you overcome the darkest moments and understand the usefulness of this condition. An amazing story written by a courageous and sensitive warrior- woman with whom I shared my house during some of her trials.
"No ordinary love story"
reviewed by Sheila Shaw (Los Angeles, California)
I found Pauline´s journey both fascinating and inspiring as she searches to find the cause and cure for her "Breast Cancer." No ordinary love story, and a must for anyone looking for alternative healing information. Beautifully written.
"... an extraordinary book ..."
reviewed by Jordi Griera, Ineval Trust - Business and Human Values Institute www.ineval.org (in English and Catalan)
We are in the presence of quite an extraordinary book, in which the author lets us live step by step her most exciting adventure. After reading it, one understands the meaning of something which people say, that fact surpasses fiction, because when a person faces a potentially terminal illness no transactions or arrangements are of any value, just your own truth. Authenticity blows throughout the text like a fresh breath of hope.
As a writer, Pauline reveals modern qualities: reading this book is an enjoyable experience. The judicious integration of images into text reminds us of some multimedia techniques; then she also uses rich and inspiring words. Formally a diary, the work goes well beyond the standards and depicts the spiritual depth of the author, her vision of life as a struggle to understand and love one's body without forgetting one’s soul. Taken by her hand, we discover how the time honoured search for inner balance suddenly becomes urgent and poignant when the body breaks its own rules and cells go haywire. The struggle for life, the proposals of our merchant society, so many other options which exist... everything gets portrayed in this story, where we can watch, like in a mirror, her own inner processes through the words of the people who love her.
As children we were told that archangels are a special breed of angels, which next to their natural sweetness have the strength and courage to overcome the most fearsome demons. Pauline Lomas is an example for all of how a steely determination can be associated with a tender soul; this time housed in a shape perfect enough for Hollywood. An unpretending angel, with the humility of she who knows that life is fleeting and that we are all equal before illness. An angel that has made it.
Thank you Pauline!
Estem en presència d’un llibre força extraordinari, en el que l’autora ens deixa viure pas a pas la seva més apassionant aventura. Després de llegir-lo, un comprèn què vol dir allò que tant s’ha dit, que la realitat supera la ficció, i és que quan una persona es troba confrontada a a una malaltia potencialment terminal no valen ni transaccions ni pactes, només serveix la veritat amb un mateix. Aquesta autenticitat es respira en tot el text com una alenada d’aire fresc i esperançador.
De petits ens explicaven que els arcàngels són uns àngels especials, que ajunten a la seva natural dolçor una força i un coratge capaços de vèncer els dimonis més temibles. Així és Pauline Lomas, un exemple per a tots de com una voluntat fèrria pot anar associada a una ànima tendra i bona, en aquesta ocasió dins d’una forma prou perfecta per a Hollywood. Un àngel sense pretensions, amb la humilitat de qui sap que la vida és efímera i que tots som iguals davant la malaltia. Un àngel que se n’ha sortit.
Com a escriptora, Pauline es revela moderna; aquest llibre és agradable de llegir per la seva plàstica, la sàvia integració d’imatges en el text que ens apropa de les tècniques del multimèdia, i el vocabulari ric i suggerent que utilitza. Formalment un diari, l’obra va més enllà i ens dibuixa el pensament espiritual de l’autora, una visió de la vida com la lluita per comprendre i estimar el propi cos sense trascurar l’ànima. Acompanyats de la seva mà descobrim que la secular recerca de l’equilibri interior de cop i volta esdevé urgent i punyent quan el cos trenca les seves pròpies normes i les seves cèl•les es desordenen. La lluita per la vida, les propostes de la nostra societat mercantilitzada, les altres opcions que existeixen... tot surt retratat en aquest relat, en el que a través del que li diuen les persones que l’estimen podem veure com en un mirall el seu propi procés íntim.
"... a book lovingly created and straight from the heart."
reviewed by Rosella Longinotti, www.rosella-creations.co.uk
Pauline Lomas has created a beautiful book that illustrates how a journey of self healing is also part of the life journey for here is a parallel journey of true love. This journey quest brings not only personal healing but also insight, understanding and compassion. It leaves us with the insight that although cancer can disrupt our lives it is also an opportunity to really value what lies at our heart. It also reminds us that each journey of self healing is uniquely our own. This, in itself, makes it a book that needs to be shared.
Beautifully illustrated, here is a book lovingly created and straight from the heart. Truly a book to be treasured.