Would you like to read an overview of my next nonfiction project? If so, I invite you to head over to my guest blog on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s website. The blog title—and the tentative title of the book—is Move Beyond Your Cancer Identity. I wrote the 900-word guest blog based on my outline of the intended twenty-two chapters for the volume.
Initial feedback from my writers’ workshop friends indicates I need to focus clearly on my intended audience: adults who are on the other side of cancer treatments (and those living with chronic cancer diagnoses) who want to regain equilibrium in their lives. I know after my life-saving stem-cell transplant, I first thought “it’s good to be alive” and then I wondered, “now what?!” (Hence the title of my previous blog…)
I desperately wanted advice on how to get away from my Cancer Girl persona and back into living life. What I couldn’t find was a text that spoke to my emotional needs while helping me find my “new normal,” as the medical professionals call it. Since I never dug up a sort of What Color Is Your Parachute for my situation, I decided I would go ahead and write such a book for all the people trying to face down the uncertainty of the “now what” question.
Assuming I get the thing written, edited, and published in 2016 or 2017, maybe, just maybe, perhaps in some small measure, I will be able to extend my (virtual) hand to uplift and help lift up those who are stuck in their cancer world.