Laurie writes about her journey through breast cancer, from diagnosis to weekly maintenance chemo, on her blog and in her new book, Not Done Yet. The book is a collection of her best posts from the past several years, and it tells her story as honestly and up-front as could be. She talks about her cancer from diagnosis to testing to chemo to surgery to radiation and living with the changes that all this treatment has wrought on her body. Her body is not the same as it used to be. (But then, whose is?) Her mind and spirit, however, will never be broken.
This is a brave, brave book, and I was honored to be asked to review it. Laurie’s fighting spirit, and her fierce love for her children, give this book a passion that some may not think possible from “just a blog.”
But then again, there’s no such thing as “just a blog,” is there? As we’ve seen in our corner of the blogosphere over the past couple years, blogs help women cope with infertility, with miscarriage, with babyloss. . . with abuse, with attacks, with cancer . . . with marital problems, and with redemption. We grieve for those we have lost, and we rally to help those they have left behind. We are entering a new era, an era of digital friendship and bearing the burdens of those we have never even met, in a hope-filled attempt to lighten the loads of those who are fighting. Those who are struggling. Those who mourn.
Not Done Yet is one of the good things to come out of this new approach to living publicly, to letting the light shine in on troubles and illness, and it is a very good thing indeed.
Disclosure: Laurie and I write together at MothersWithCancer.com, and we served together on a BlogHer panel last year called Blogging Communities as a Healing Force.
Edited to add: Mel’s book comes out this week too! Three cheers for Melissa Ford and her new book Navigating the Land of IF: Understanding Infertility and Exploring Your Options. I am so proud of Laurie and Mel!