Powerful, personal revealing and uplifting story of Joy Hopkins-Hausman, actively involved in her own healing from breast cancer. Shows an extraordinary holistic approach which includes: chemotherapy, guided visualization, massage therapy, cancer support groups, yoga, meditation, hands-on Reiki therapy, nutrition, exercise and humor. We also follow Joy as she experiences mammography, breast reconstruction surgery, and an active ongoing family life. Candid, with on-screen footage of Joy's body through surgery and medical procedures, as well as the process of recovery. Produced in 1989.
"Cancer: Just a Word... Not a Sentence follows Hopkins-Hausman into doctor's offices, while she is undergoing reconstructive surgery, during support groups, and exploring complementary therapies. She never shuts off the camera, not even while she is being examined, bare-breasted, in preparation for the reconstructive surgery she is not certain, in retrospect, she would undergo today. Viewers who haven't met her in person will come away from the video with a sense they know her more deeply than many people who have been in their lives for years. Hopkins-Hausman's courage is inspiring. The points she shares constitute the cornerstones of the healing process." - Woodstock Times by by Andrea Barrist Stern.