My Pain Woke Me up – Bliss: A Survivor’s Tale of Love, Life, Breast Cancer, and the Pursuit of Happiness

My Pain Woke Me Up Bliss is the first in a three-book series of a fictionalized account of true story, focused on survivorship.  The book details the knockdown punches life throws Jean's way, what it

My Pain Woke Me Up Bliss is the first in a three-book series of a fictionalized account of true story, focused on survivorship.  The book details the knockdown punches life throws Jean’s way, what it took to get back up off the mat, and how those difficult challenges resulted in a stronger, more courageous and confident individual.  It is a story of inspiration, passion perseverance, persistence, and the promise to survive.  Jean recounts her experiences from the blissful days with her first true love, to becoming a widow in her twenties, to finding love again and having the children of her dreams, to the heartbreak of a failing marriage and diagnosis of breast cancer.

 

MY Pain Woke Me Up – Bliss discusses the painful journey Jean experienced during her battle with breast cancer from bilateral lumpectomy with radiation, to bilateral mastectomy with reconstructive surgery (four times), the onset of MRSA bacterial infection followed by a breast cellulitis infection, to her road to recovery and the pursuit of happiness. Her determination to help raise awareness and find a cure to end breast cancer forever grew stronger as her pain woke her up!

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Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.
While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.
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