Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Carla Rossi's The Living End of Cancer

Hello, Katie!

Thank you for letting me stop by your blog to celebrate the release of The Living End of Cancer, my personal memoir about my journey through non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

There’s no need to explain to anyone hanging out around here how catastrophic that “day you get the diagnosis” day really is.  So I will just share with you one of the things that happened shortly thereafter that enabled me to get battle-ready.

As I sat dumbstruck, a scripture dropped into my head and heart.  “I will not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.”  At the time I couldn’t even remember where it was in the Bible or if I had it right, but soon I was reading the powerful declarations from Psalm 118 and realized this would be my mantra.  When
someone asked me how I was doing, I didn’t admit to how bad I felt or gush about the horrors of chemo, I simply stood tall and said, “I will not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.”
Now in complete remission, that’s what I’ve tried to do with my cancer memoir – declare the works of the Lord.  I had the right medicine at the right time with the right team of medical professionals and caregivers – and I had my faith and God’s healing hand to get me through.
The Living End of Cancer is honest and sometimes raw, but it’s also full of scripture, humor, and hope.  My intent in getting my journey on paper has always been to encourage others.  The cancer fight is not pretty, but we are not alone.
I shall not die but live, and declare the words of the Lord.  Psalm 118:17 KJV

In April of 2010, multi-published, award-winning author Carla Rossi felt the best she ever had. That all changed with one routine doctor visit. Tossed into diagnostic tests, surgery, chemotherapy, procedures, and targeted drug therapy, Carla gives us a transparent glimpse into what the journey was really like – good and bad. With friends and family at her side, Carla takes us through the ups and downs of her non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer journey with practical and scriptural faith, humor, and her own understanding of the medications that helped save her life.

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