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Diane Becker Krasnick of Middleton, Wisconsin, is the epitome of resilience. Despite the odds against her-- as a result of stage 3B invasive ductal carcinoma in the past three years she's had several cancer surgeries, including mastectomies and reconstructions, three different types of chemotherapy, radiation and cellulitus, a life threatening infection--she knows how to live each day as it were her last.

"Diane has survived some of the most horrendous battles with cancer, its side effects and treatments, and still she laughs. I know that the world is better off because of Diane's unflappable spirit, even while facing death."

Looking back, Diane says many elements played a part in her road to survival--her loving husband, Marc, her family, hundreds of friends, but also her deep spirituality, and Jewish faith. (For example, the Jewish spiritual music she brought to St. Mary's hospital in Madison, was, upon her request, played during her multiple surgeries.)

What is most unusual about Diane's story is the way it's been told by her husband Marc. After Diane's mastectomies, and as a way to reach out to family and friends, as well as cope with his own pain, he began writing a series of in depth e-mails. The list of recipients, originally of about 40 people, eventually grew to about 300 people. Communicating with those who cared about Diane, even if it was bad news, he points out, was better than being kept in the dark.

Marc's unedited series of e-mails, a compassionate love story say many who have read it, have been compiled in his poignant book, ...only Diane. The book, published by Radiant Heart Press of Madison, Wisconsin is a revelation of how love, humor, faith and hope may be the best healing instruments of all.

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