Hard Lumps: A Memoir

Hard Lumps: A Memoir

by Nancy-Gail Burns


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Textbooks describe cancer as a malignant tumour or growth, caused when cells multiply uncontrollably. Researchers give no mention to the consumption of healthy thoughts, and the birth of destructive, negative feelings. Cancer bursts into your consciousness, and like its concrete form, malignant thoughts multiply uncontrollably. In Hard Lumps, Nancy- Gail Burns corrals those thoughts and feelings and illustrates that in the end, good things can be found in just about anything.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550719246
Publisher: Guernica Editions, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Series: MiroLand Imprint Series , #3
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Nancy-Gail Burns lives in Gloucester, Ontario with her husband and two children. Her first book, Insidious, a psychological thriller, was published in 2013 by Keith Publications. The second Ryan Delaney novel, Jolted, will soon be published by Whiskey Creek Press. Her article, The Blue Dots, appeared in Recovering The Self in April 2012. She's toiling away at two other books, Broken Pieces and Chickens and Hens. She shares her home with a dog and two cats.


Blank pages draw emotions and thoughts from me. Black words on the white pages are concrete, organized and substantial. They are stronger and bolder than me. Hard Lumps was cathartic. Writing lanced fears and absorbed frustrations. When the last page was written I was ready to tuck it away in a drawer. Suddenly I saw empty chairs filling a waiting room, women rushing forth, and bad news descending in a cloud. I pulled the book from the drawer, but became tentative. Exposing preposterous thoughts and fears seemed unwise and rather terrifying. If this little book can touch one person and help them in their battle with cancer I don't mind revealing my imperfections. For ultimately isn't our flaws what makes us human?

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