Childhood cancer showed me God’s role in my life and how important faith and hope truly are. I am looking for an agent for my inspirational biography Faith, Hope and Cancer: A Childhood Cancer Survivor’s Journey. This is my story of surviving cancer treatment, struggling with my diagnosis during already sensitive teenage years, and then navigating life after cancer.
I was lucky to learn at the early age that life has meaning and a purpose, but I did not learn this the easy way, by far. I was diagnosed with childhood leukemia at age thirteen. My diagnosis was not followed by droves of support from friends, family and strangers, in fact I felt quite alone, within a week of learning I had leukemia my friends had disappeared. I found myself facing my new, somewhat frightening life on my own. I know that God directed my path and helped me survive childhood cancer and the depression that came years later.
My hope is that this book will make readers laugh, cry and feel inspired. I hope it helps cancer patients, both now and in the future, realize even more deeply that they are not alone. I made mistakes too, and I hope readers learn from these, just as I have. I hope healthcare workers read this book and gain a deeper understanding of their patients’ needs, and especially gain insight on how to approach children and young adults diagnosed with a life threatening illness. I hope teachers learn more about how to support students when they are diagnosed with cancer. I hope parents and siblings of people diagnosed with cancer can read this and understand the importance they hold for their loved one during this journey. Lastly, I hope that all of my readers discover the importance of faith and hope, especially when it seems there is nothing else.