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Announcing to the World

About six weeks ago, I mentioned that I was in the process of writing my first (but hopefully not last) book. I had planned to give a sneak peek between then and now, but it’s been a crazy six weeks, trying to wrap up the book amidst all of our busy schedules. This book experience has been amazing and I have learned SO much. The biggest lesson? That the easiest part of writing a book is… writing a book! It’s all the other stuff that’s hard, especially when you are self-publishing. Getting Word to cooperate when you are trying to format your manuscript into a template… frustrating! Figuring out the best way to create a cover, after multiple attempts using Canva and KDP failed… even more frustrating!

I am grateful to the love, support, and help of so many people who got me through the frustration, taught me how to “layer” in PhotoShop, or fixed a file for me! Those who shared their thoughts on page colors and font selections, who proofed and re-proofed, edited and re-edited. I am immensely blessed to have so many people who helped me on this book-writing journey!

With that, I am so very excited to announce that my book, “Beyond the Pink Ribbon: What I Wish I Knew About Breast Cancer (Before I Got It)” is now available in paperback on Amazon!! Woo hoo! In addition to being exciting, this is also a bit scary and surreal for me. To write a book is to really put yourself out there, making yourself really vulnerable. It’s a huge step out of my comfort zone, but a dream I have realized after several decades of wanting to be an author.

The book, as the name would imply, details my journey from diagnosis to returned health. I think it will be a great resource for newly diagnosed women, even if a different diagnosis than mine, and for women who might just be trying to lower their risk of breast cancer in the first place.

I do ask that if you purchase and read the book, that you return to Amazon to do a review. It’s apparently how one moves up the Amazon rating scale, which has benefits (that I am still learning)!

For those of you who prefer e-book, I am working on this and hope to have that released by early next week.

IMDb: Announcing to the World (1950)


Through my blog I am lucky to meet a lot of amazing people.  Many, like me, are dealing with the repercussions of a cancer diagnosis and some are trying to live healthier lives.  Today I actually got to speak to one of those amazing people: Betty.

Betty first reached out to me last week after being referred to my blog by a high school friend.  Our diagnoses were so similar, Betty reached out to me and asked if we could talk.  And so today we did just that.  We spent about an hour sharing our stories and it’s always great to commiserate with one who’s been there (or IS there today).  Betty also was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, Stage III, with a 7.2 cm tumor.  (I beat her out slightly with my 8 cm tumor.)

I was impressed that she is doing a lot of things with diet and supplements, which is awesome, but I was surprised at how very different our medical care was.  While I was on the TAC cocktail (Taxotere. Adriamycin, & Cytoxan), Betty gets Taxol and Cytoxan.  I was surprised, too, by the directions given to her around her diet.  The only instructions given to me around food and supplements were to avoid soy, and eat whatever you can, even if it’s sugar.  Surprisingly, Betty was advised not to eat fresh fruits and vegetables during chemo, and to avoid probiotics.  I credited the probiotics throughout chemo for keeping my digestive tract in check.  I can’t imagine if I didn’t take them.  And as for fresh fruits and vegetables, I ate them daily.  Just weird how different things are from one facility to the next.

At any rate, I am glad to have met and talked with Betty and look forward to taking the journey with her!

Two recipes for the tonight…

Healthy Ginger-Scallion Noodles from ChowDivine

David and I enjoyed this one.  I doubled the recipe, since it serves two.  I used soba noodles, a first for me.  What I did not realize is that there were nylon strips holding the noodles in bunches… that is until I poured them from them package into the boiling water.  I then had to fish out the clumps of noodles to free them, with David’s help, but they still stuck together in spots.  It was still tasty!

5 Minute Banana Ice Cream featured by My Whole Food Life

This is definitely my new favorite thing!!!  Ice cream without dairy!!!  And it was delicious!!!  After some minor user errors with my food processor, this was so easy to do.  I think I will have bananas on hand in the freezer all the time any more.  And as for the milk in the recipe, I used almond milk.  I also used Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter (my favorite).  Only ingredients:  peanuts and a bit of salt.  I look forward to trying this with some of the optional ingredients as well.


Betty (1992) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103800/