Thursday, January 31, 2013

Indies Forward: Cell War Notebooks

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Some life stories deserve a spotlight. A memoir that must be shared.

Sometimes, the memoir makes it...though the author does not.

With all the occasional whining and sometime-y fits I have about the difficulties of marketing my novel and trying to get readers all over the world to buy it, well, I'm reminded that I should attend this process with more of the #bepositive attitude that tends to keep me positive-of-mind through the day.

Julie Forward DeMay would probably want to do that as well, but she can't. She battled cervical cancer and blogged about her incredible, painful and heartbreaking experience. Although many battles with cancer are won, Julie's was not. You can read her inspiring and honest story in Cell War Notebooks.
Buy here at Amazon (paperback only available)
Description: Beautifully written, heartwarming, and passionate, Cell War Notebooks draws us into a world many are familiar with. Recorded as a blog during a period of seven months, Cell War Notebooks is both a sensitive and brutally honest account of life with cancer. An essential read for people coping with the disease, and for the family and friends who support and love them, it's the deeply motivating story of a battle Julie Forward DeMay is determined to win. One of few memoirs written about cervical cancer, her inspirational journey was published for many reasons, one of which was to create a general knowledge of the seriousness of high-risk HPV. Sadly, parents, school administrators, and even some health care professionals are unaware of the critical impact of the virus, and have therefore been slow to educate teens about the preventative vaccine, and the importance of annual Pap tests.

Note: proceeds for the sale of the novel will go to Julie's nine-year old daughter, Luka.

You can also be a part at Facebook.

I'd dive into a discussion of how I overcame some particular obstacle in my life, however, I'd prefer to open the comments to those stopping by. We've all gone through some things, and details are not necessary, but perhaps you have a brief snippet to share that can be inspiring to someone skimming the comments.

If you'd like to do something to spread the word, feel free to share this blog post at your FB page or do a Tweet to include the #indiesforward or #cellwarnotebooks hashtag.

8 comments:

  1. So sad she left behind a young daughter!

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    1. As the mother of a young girl, her story hits close to home for me.

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  2. Wow, sounds awesome, and heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing.

    Best,

    Alexandra~

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  3. Sounds like a powerful read, AB. You only get so many days, so make the most of every one.

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  4. Oh my. I don't even know what to say. So inspiring, but so heartbreaking. I wish she had won. You are wonderful to help share her story, Angela.

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    1. I'm just glad to be a part of this bigger cause :-)

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