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Saturday, November 29, 2014

New Indie Book Release: A Descent to the Summit (Kristina L. Phillips)

New Indie Book Release:
A Descent to the Summit - Kristina L. Phillips
Memoir / Cancer-Survivor (244 pages - November 2014)

"Kristina puts words--beautiful, evocative words-- to my cancer experience! This isn't a "how to get through cancer" book though. It is really a "how to get through life" book. Lovely!" - Reader Review

About the Book

A Descent to the Summit (Kristina L. Phillips)
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A DESCENT TO THE SUMMIT is story of transformation. Cancer is the catalyst one woman uses to change her life. The reader is taken on an intimate journey through the raw, internal landscape of a woman as she faces her mortality and suffers a mental breakdown.

Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, Kristina struggles to make sense of her life. This struggle doesn’t end when she finds out she is in remission. Remission is a beautiful word, cause for many celebrations, but what does it really mean? The cancer survivor knows it means there will always be a chance the cancer will return. Cancer is a betrayal. When you don’t feel safe inside yourself, it is very difficult to feel safe anywhere else.

Kristina desperately wants to break free of the fear and anxiety that paralyze her. Surviving cancer is not enough---more than anything she wants learn how to create a new life. In spite of debilitating panic attacks, reclusive behavior, physical pain, and emotional depletion, Kristina chooses to do the riskiest thing a person with an anxiety disorder can do--she walks out the front door and keeps walking. One month after chemotherapy, and one hundred miles later, Kristina decides to climb Mt. St. Helens, the mountain she watched erupt as a child; the mountain she loves and refers to as "the geological version of myself."

About the Author

Author Kristina L. Phillips
Author Kristina L. Phillips
Kristina L. Phillips lives with her husband, Brian, in the Pacific Northwest, where they share a love of hiking in the beautiful Washington wilderness.

A stage IV Follicular Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor, Kristina is currently in remission and undergoing 2 years of maintenance chemotherapy.

Prior to her cancer diagnosis, Kristina worked in the non-profit world assisting individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness and developmental disabilities. Her fiction has been published in The Crab Orchard Review.

Connect with Kristina L. Phillips via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @DescentToSummit.

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