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Fine Black Lines

Join me, September 7th at 3pm mt, for a very special guest, Lois Tschetter Hjelmstad,
author of “Fine Black Lines – Reflections on Facing Cancer, Fear and Loneliness.”

After my mother passed away, I found the copy of “Fine Black Lines” that I had given her as a gift during her bout with breast cancer. She never mentioned the book to me nor, as I remember, ever thanked me for it. I thought she had not liked the gift or maybe was even upset by it. After she died and I inherited the book, I realized my mom treasured the book, keeping notes and clippings of newspaper articles in it as well as having it signed by the author not once, but twice. I am thrilled to be able to interview the author and discuss this powerful book on moving through the process of a life threatening challenge.

In 1990, Hjelmstad had the first of two mastectomies. As she coped with fear of recurrence and changing priorities, she wrote “Fine Black Lines: Reflections on Facing Cancer, Fear and Loneliness.” A grandmother and a piano teacher, she dared to appear nude from the waist up in Colorado Woman News, a Denver magazine, to raise consciousness for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Fine Black Lines” has won awards in both the United States and England. The book is currently in its seventh printing with 19,000 copies in print. This book has helped many women cope with the medical and emotional challenges of breast cancer.
For more information about Lois and the book visit her website at

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