Pope JoanI just finished reading a great book about a very strong woman. I love historical fiction and will be writing posts about many books that I read that have a historical twist. So when a friend of mine told me about the book, “Pope Joan,” written by Donna Woolfolk Cross, I downloaded it right away. Originally published in 1996, the book is a story of the only woman Pope in history, which the Catholic Church denies ever was.

Ms. Cross has done extensive research, citing numerous publications, historical facts and referenced paintings and even certain furniture in recreating the life of Pope John Angelicus, who Cross claims was a Roman Catholic Pope during the years 853-855. If you Google “Pope Joan,” which I did while reading the book, you’ll find many references to a real woman Pope who concealed her womanhood by pretending to be a man.

I’m writing this post about this book, because I admire the character (Joan) Cross created and am inspired by the character’s tenaciousness in getting what she wanted in life. She overcame many obstacles besides being a woman, including her young teenage emotions and the established societal norms, in order to became her own advocate. Cross writes how Joan’s father was a church missionary in the early 800’s who established his congregation in France and married a French woman (a heathen) who blessed him with 2 sons before giving birth to Joan. Joan was a very intelligent girl who wanted to learn how to read and study the ancient scriptures but was denied because she was a female. Her brothers on the other hand were taught the ways of the church and were expected to follow in their father’s footsteps. Joan’s oldest brother takes a liking to his sister and recognizes her intelligence and privately starts to teach her how to read.

I won’t write any more of the story and won’t give away the end of the book, but I was delighted by Cross’s imagination and cleverness and closed the book with a big smile on my face. You go girl! If you would like to read “Pope Joan,” please click here for the Amazon link. Enjoy!


The Double Mastectomy Rebellion

by Vicki on July 10, 2015

This video was produced by the Wall Street Journal Video. What do you think about what’s presented in this video? I’d love to hear from you if you had a DOUBLE MASTECTOMY despite your doctor’s advice.



The Heroines Choir

May 4, 2015

Pink-Link member, Marilyn Van Houten is a member of The Heroines Choir. I’m a Facebook friend and have seen her post photos of this group and asked if she would like to write a guest post. Not only did she write a post, her friend, Alice who founded the group, also wrote a post. I’ve combined […]

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What’s Your Favorite Thing to do to Keep you Moving?

November 2, 2014

We had some great exercise videos donated to Pink-Link for our October contest! The newly released Freedom2Move Home Exercise Program and DVD series uses principles of positioning to adapt the difficulty of an exercise and make it customizable to anyone- from active athletes to those who aren’t able to move at all without assistance. These […]

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Vitamin D3 and Breast Cancer

October 6, 2014

This is a Guest Post, excerpt from “Breast Choices for the Best Chances: Your Breasts, Your Life, and How YOU Can Win The Battle!” by Dr. Shawn Messonnier Research shows that most people are severely deficient in Vitamin D, even those who receive sunlight exposure. It is recommended that vitamin D3 should be a supplement […]

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What’s the Number 1 Tip You’d Tell Your Fellow Survivor?

October 6, 2014

In our August/September newsletter, I posed the question, “What’s 1 tip you’d like to tell your fellow breast cancer survivor?” I rec’d many responses so I’m highlighting some of them here. “The one tip I would like to share with people going thought cancer treatments is to allow yourself  time to heal. Rest when you are […]

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How do You Stay Empowered during Treatment?

August 17, 2014

After receiving my breast cancer diagnosis in 2004, I immersed myself in gaining knowledge about my treatment. I joined many different kinds of support groups and slowly became my own best advocate. We received 5 beautiful Breast Milagro necklaces as the prize for the Pink-Link June/July contest. To determine the winners, I asked the following question […]

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How Did You Find Your Breast Cancer?

June 7, 2014

For the Pink-Link April/May contest, we asked the question, “How did you find your breast cancer?” We received numerous responses, all of which were very interesting. The following, however, stood out to me as inspirational and educational. “How I found my breast cancer 26 years ago…of course I can never forget.  I was 31 years […]

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Did your doctor explain everything you needed to know about your breast surgery? If not, what did he/she miss?

April 4, 2014

For our March contest, I asked the question, “Did your doctor explain everything you needed to know about your breast surgery? If not, what did he/she miss?”  Boy, did I receive comments from a lot of unsatisfied survivors! This just shows me that the medical community needs to do a MUCH better job explaining the […]

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Integrative Care – The Winning Survivorship Recipe

April 3, 2014

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Fine, LAc In between treating patients at my Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine practice in Los Angeles, I really enjoy cooking for my family.  Recently, I wanted to make a great chicken soup, which I love for all of its health benefits, and when I had finally gathered all […]

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