The Silver Lining Companion Guide
In case you’ve been living in cave (or not on social media), October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I had the honor of being invited to a luncheon to meet the lovely Hollye Jacobs, author of “The Silver Lining: A Supportive & Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer”. Although there are no pictures of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, there are amazing, intense, hopeful photographs and information on what to expect upon diagnosis and beyond. Hollye brilliantly writes the book from her perspective as a nurse and patient and talks about the process step by step, from what to pack and who to bring to appointments to what to eat and how to talk to your children.
Allstate teamed up with Hollye, determined to get a copy of her book into the hands of people who need it. They published a condensed version, “A Companion Guide”, to distribute (for free!) to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer. How ChikFood is that? I love it!
I know many of you will know someone to give this book to or need it for yourself. The guide will be available for download in English and Spanish on any e-reader. Additionally, through the nonprofit Direct Relief, a printed version of the guide will be available at participating distribution centers throughout the country. To download a version of the companion guide or to view a complete list of participating distribution centers, click here.
You can also follow Hollye’s journey on her blog The Silver Pen.
In true ChikFood fashion, I (of course) picked up a recipe along the way. When I initially met Hollye she had just been served a delicious looking drink. That is (of course, again!) how we got talking. Here’s the recipe for the mocktail we call “The Silver Lining”:
Lime and/or Lemon
Muddle the mint to release the oils (and healing properties!). Squeeze in the juice from the citrus fruit (adding alkalinity!). Leave the fruit in the glass. Add ice and fill the glass with your favorite mineral water.