Wednesday, June 23, 2010

P is for both patience and persistence

I guess those are my middle names. I won't go into all the gory details, but suffice to say that for the first time since initially publishing my book in 1997, I ran into snafu after snafu with this latest reprinting. and bookstores have been unable to fulfill orders for my book A Dietitian's Cancer Story for months, and even AICR was down to a stock of only 5 books before the 13th printing was finally delivered two days ago and then immediately shipped out to restock everyone on Tuesday morning.

My frustration was so high (like I had nothing else on my mind to get done!) that I seriously considered throwing in the towel and just ending publication with, "Well, the last 13 years were a great ride!". However, the books are here, they are beautiful and perfect, and new material has been added with every word re-read and considered for a potential update (even omission). This may be my last re-printing (I am still undecided about that) but if that is my decision at some point in the future, I'll feel better knowing I can make that call on a "high note" instead of just fading away out of aggravation.

I still hear from people who have read my book at some point in the past (I even received a recent letter from a woman who read an early-early edition that was just stapled together!). I don't think of myself as a famous author or well-known local 'celebrity' (EEK- I certainly am not!), so I have been surprised each time someone came up to our table at the local farmers' markets to introduce themselves as a "fan" who reads my blogs and thus knew to look for us.

Meeting other cancer survivors is always very meaningful to me, so please feel free to introduce yourself to me at the markets. However, I have arrived at the thoughtful and difficult decision to not sell or promote my book that is focused on cancer survivorship at the farmers' markets where we are now vendors. Having the opportunity to educate ALL people about purchasing, cooking, and eating good food has been so much fun and joyful, that I am very happy knowing I can now be part of cancer survivors' journey in a new way plus everyone's journey for both cancer prevention and overall great health by providing my community with a local source of organic foods.

Many thanks to all of you who have purchased my book in the past, whether one copy or multiple copies, and to those of you who will purchase this new printing. All of you already have a special spot in my heart knowing that you will enhance the lives of cancer survivors in the future. (Special note: the books being shipped out now will not indicate they are the 13th printing, as even that tiny additional update would have delayed the printing even more - arghhh!)

In an upcoming post, I will write about the research project that I have chosen to support in 2010 with my endowment at AICR where I donate proceeds from my book.

Cultivation is needs both patience and persistence. I have re-learned that lesson in spades!

"Cultivate your life - you are what you grow - inch by inch, row by row"

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

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