SOURCE: Author Sandy Johnson

July 13, 2010 08:00 ET

From Rare "Incurable" Diagnosis to Miraculous Recovery -- Acclaimed Writer Sandy Johnson Takes Readers to "The Thirteenth Moon; a Journey into the Heart of Healing"

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) -  Anyone who has faced a diagnosis of cancer or another serious illness can probably relate to the magnitude of the news and the confusion of the circuitous path through the world of healthcare and healing. In the inspiring and hopeful book, "The Thirteenth Moon; a Journey into the Heart of Healing" (Create Space, June 2010, ISBN: 1453600078, Price: $18.95) acclaimed author Sandy Johnson shares her journey through the "Land of Cancer," as she calls it, and her discovery of the time-space where she ultimately found healing: "the thirteenth moon," which she describes as being "... for the time of dreaming, of magic: it is the sacred time."

When faced with a plethora of conflicting recommendations from Western doctors, Johnson sought advice and treatment from all sorts of healers, which is not surprising being that her last books were titled, "The Brazilian Healer with the Kitchen Knife" (Rodale Books 2003) later reissued as "Mystics and Healers: Travels into the World of Mystics, Shamans and Miracle-Makers," "The Book of Tibetan Elders" (Riverhead 1996) and "The Book of Elders: The Life Stories & Wisdom of Great American Indians" (Harper San Francisco 1994).

Throughout "The Thirteenth Moon," Johnson colorfully paints the picture of a life filled with exciting travel, good friends and a tight-knit family, adding light and humor to what could be a dark topic in another writer's hands. She openly shares her moment of self-betrayal when she goes along with a treatment she doesn't believe is the best thing for her. A profound realization Johnson makes and shares in the book is the discovery that truly understanding the source of her illness was the medicine she needed most and that writing and keeping a journal provided a pathway to her healing and full recovery.

Johnson raises questions that are hotly debated in the news regarding treatment of severe illnesses -- whether or not we choose to undergo treatment at all and, if we do, the type of treatment we choose. She also touches on the issue of "expiration dates" imposed on us by doctors and other medical professionals and how this can impact our recovery.

"I wrote this book to help others who are facing cancer and other serious illnesses to provide hope and to offer writing and keeping a journal as a way to process their emotions and help them heal," says Johnson, whose first novel, "The Cuppi" (Delacorte/Dell), became a Literary Guild Selection and shed the light on the overlooked topic of runaway teens. Besides interviews with "Good Morning America," "People Magazine," "The Wall Street Journal," and other major media outlets, her novel led to the opening of twelve crisis shelters in major cities. "My hope is that 'The Thirteenth Moon' will inspire people to find the healing and creative place within themselves. As the Holy Man of the Lakota Sioux said to me, 'Live your dream.'"

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