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Lucky and Unlucky

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

At the same time my book UNIQUELY STELLA was released, I received the diagnosis of breast cancer. I was immediately thrown onto both ends of an emotional spectrum. Today, I finished my final treatment. It’s been a little over 6 months of chemo, surgery, radiation, and care team visits. As I went through it all, I whined and moaned and groaned. Yet, I know without a doubt that I am the lucky one. To me it seemed somehow like a kind of penance that I had to get through. I’m not sure what misdeed or deeds I had done, but I knew that I had to complete the task and I did. To my utter surprise when I rang that final bell and the staff sang a little song and applauded, I noticed a woman in the outer room was reading MY book!

So now I’m starting over or getting a fresh start. It is time to figure out how to market my book. I have a lot of work ahead of me and I’m not really sure how to do it. I’ll learn. I learned how to fight cancer. I learned how to listen to my care team who were truly amazing. Those individuals are part of a huge number of unbelievable souls whose work is to fight cancer. My gratitude is immense. My family and I are forever in their debt. I am so very lucky!

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Maris Menenberg
Maris Menenberg
Jan 23, 2021


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