Nova Scotia

Breast cancer survivor gets resources in libraries

Librarians in Nova Scotia are working with a breast cancer organization to stock their shelves with books to help women, and their families, cope with the disease.
The Nova Scotia breast cancer collection includes 63 books, 14 e-books and a few DVDs. (iStock)

Librarians in Nova Scotia are working with a breast cancer organization to stock their shelves with books to help women, and their families, cope with the disease.

The collection has 63 books, 14 e-books and a few DVDs.

Rosalie Gillis, community support co-ordinator for all 13  library branches in Cape Breton, said librarians and the Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia chose the books.

"These women are survivors so they were able to look at it from their perspective and the librarians looked at it from the perspective of what was needed in the regions," she said.

The driving force behind the project is a 65-year-old three-time survivor of breast cancer.

Joy MacInnis's first diagnosis came in 1988. She said there weren't many places to go for information and support back then.

Rosalee Gillis of the Cape Breton Regional Library looks over a book from the Breast Cancer Book Collection. (Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith/CBC)

 

But she did find a book by Dr. Bernie Siegel.

"He's written at least three books, I read them all, but the one that I connected with the most was called Love, Medicine and Miracles," she said.

MacInnis still recommends that book and it's available in the library along with books on nutrition, memory, and self-image.

The collection even includes graphic novels written for young people whose mothers have breast cancer.

Full funding for the initiative comes from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Money is raised through events such as the Run for the Cure.

People can take them out from any library branch in Nova Scotia.

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