Nutrition, Body Appreciation book!

I started studying nutrition with the thought in mind that "everybody eats, so this will allow me to help anyone!"  I have the vision to travel the world and be able to help all types of people.  
When I was working on a cancer project in London and Germany, I became very inspired.  I was working one-on-one with a woman fighting Multiple Myeloma cancer and was intimately involved with her healing process 24 hours per day.  We had a strict nutrition regime during her treatments and a pretty invasive detox plan between treatments.  Multiple Myeloma is a difficult cancer to kick...for it invades the bone marrow and depletes blood platelets.  So proudly I can say she later went on into remission.  
At a clinic in Germany, I met people from all over the world who were there trying to find a solution to curing their cancer.  What I learned the most is how much emotion played a role in these peoples ability to heal.  
The acceptance of your body, whether healthy or ill, does remarkable things.  I never forget about this story....One woman had been in and out of treatment for 8 years, her cancer would go away and then come back in 6 months.  She was at the clinic when I was there and had been cancer free for 2 years now and was there just to get a replenishment of nutrition and some treatments that aren't legal in any other part of the world.  So I ask her, "What is it about this time that has kept the cancer stay away?" She said...
"you know, I used to be so angry at my body that I was sick and confused cause I had always been active and healthy my whole life.  This time around, I finally accepted the condition of my body and I acknowledged I am going to die.  So I started to mend broken relationships in my life, I lived more freely knowing I might leave this earth tomorrow and I started to love my body.  And guess what, Im cancer free now and I love my body more than ever!"
This launched my research into the effects of our emotions on our physical health... And so...I wanted to write a simple 10 topic book about ways to take care of your body, to hopefully prevent cancer or possibly heal cancer.  It's not only related to cancer however, they are topics that everyone can apply to maintain their healthiest self.  The photos will be images of people loving their body, living free, and also expressing the anger,betrayal and distrust that some feel when they are diagnosed with an illness.  

This project has been a blessing, bringing together all types of people because they love the concept and the idea of loving themselves exactly the way they are.  The next step is to get the book published so that every coffee table will have a book to browse through.  
The idea is that people will pick it up because of the beauty of the images, and set it down feeling inspired to take action in caring for themselves.  

Publishing is more of a monster than I knew of....I really knew nothing about it actually, and after all the research I've done, I am thinking to self-publish.  HOWEVER, if possibilities arise, I may take a different route, but as of now, this is what I'm looking at: 
Photoshoot costs (props, food, supplies, photo assistant) $1000
Copyright of the book: $80
Purchasing ISBN's:  $295
Barcode: $25
Print the book ($50 each) 100 prints: $5000 (if anyone knows a cheaper way to go about printing, please let me know!!!)
Amazon Distribution fulfillment (100 books): $500
And as I've been told by other professionals, theres always unexpected expenses: $3,100 

At this point, I am not entirely sure what other fees will incure.  For now, this is my start and my attempt to get this beautiful book out to the world.  My goal is to have the funds and get it published by September 2017!

I have been blown away and truly touched by the people who have supported and participated in this project so far.  It's so inspiring to see people come together for a positive cause.  I feel ever so grateful and blessed and I can't wait to see the outcome of this project. 

If you want to contribute with any skillset you might find helpful for this project, that would be much appreciated as well!  

Thank you everyone!!!  I feel honored to have wonderful people in my life that want to help each other build dreams.

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Lela Mansfield 
Los Angeles, CA
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