Podcast interview with LaChance Publishing President Victor Starsia
When Debra LaChance was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago, she found that the illness took over her life. In addition to feeling overwhelmed by the frightening diagnosis and difficult treatments, she felt very much alone. She was a good candidate for a support group, but the realities of modern life made following that path impractical. Once her treatments ended, she founded The Healing Project (THP) and LaChance Publishing. THP develops resources to enhance quality of life for seriously ill patients and their families. LaChance publishes the Voices Ofbook series, which includes eight books each focused on a single disease. The books consist of short stories and essays by patients, caregivers, support organizations and others that provide deep insights into what patients go through.
I read Voices of Bipolar Disorder and found it quite informative (albeit disturbing). I have a close friend who is bipolar and while his story is quite different from those in the book, it helped me round out my understanding of the illness and what it’s like to experience it.
In this podcast interview, LaChance Publishing’s president, Victor Starsia talks about the history of the company, the relationship between LaChance and THP, and what’s planned for the next few years. Unfortunately the sound is a bit muffled, so if you can’t hear it well you can wait for the transcript.