Providing Support, Insights to Women With Breast Cancer



Hollye Jacobs was a healthy 39-year-old mother and health care professional with no family history of breast cancer when her diagnosis shattered her world.

Shortly after being told she had breast cancer, she looked for a guide that would support and inform not only her but also her family and friends throughout the cancer experience. However, the book simply did not exist. So she created and wrote “The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer,” along with her friend and award-winning photographer, Elizabeth Messina.

Direct Relief is partnering with Hollye to help get the newly-released book – already a New York Times best seller – into the hands of women in need who would otherwise not be able to afford it. Many women living with breast cancer have little resources or support, and more questions than answers, causing them to feel lost and overwhelmed.


To help these women access her informative, hopeful, and clinically-credible guide, Direct Relief is making the book available for its nonprofit health center and clinic partners to provide to their deserving patients. In addition, proceeds from the book sales will help fund more books to give to people in undeserved communities.

“Cancer does not discriminate. It does not care if you are young or old, wealthy or poor. That’s why I’m excited to partner with Direct Relief to share my knowledge and experience with women in need.” said Hollye.

The Silver Lining is an account of her breast cancer journey written through the lens of her professional, clinical experiences in health care. To find out more about Hollye and “The Silver Lining,” watch her appearances on Dr. Phil and Good Morning America.

Hollye Jacobs is a speaker, nurse, social worker, child development specialist, and co-author of The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, she speaks publicly and writes about her experience on the award-winning blog TheSilverPen.comElizabeth Messina was named one of the 10 Best Photographers in the World by American Photo 2010. To see more of her beautiful images visit

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