If cancer is part of your life story, you may have certain traditions that you observe during October—as a way of commemorating someone or showing support for others with a similar story.
My way of showing support this year involves my love of writing and my love of learning:
Love of writing
Part of my mission as a writer is to build connections between people. Years ago, when I helped Bea Hoek write a book about her cancer experience, I was excited about the project because Bea was trying to connect with other people who were facing cancer. My writing helped her say what she wanted to say, in a way that people were able to hear and respond to. It was very fulfilling for both of us.
That original book has now been updated and re-published as Cancer Freedom, and I continue to share it with people because I keep getting feedback that it is still meeting a need. Cancer Freedom is not my story, but I love knowing that I’ve had a role in sharing someone else’s story in a way that blesses, inspires, and encourages others. That’s what writing is all about!
Love of learning
Through the whole process of updating and re-releasing Cancer Freedom, I’ve learned a lot, and that’s been fun too. I learned how to set up a Facebook page for the book, how to record an audiobook, and how to transform a printed paperback into an ebook. I’ve spent time in publishing forums, LinkedIn Groups, and marketing webinars—learning, learning, learning. It’s been exciting, and occasionally exhausting!
Most recently, I’ve learned how to set up a shop on my own website, and I want to keep adding products to this shop, so it becomes a real resource for people. (If you have ideas about things you’d like to see me include, please let me know.) This month, I not only added Cancer Freedom to the shop, in all its various formats, but I also figured out how to create a discount code that’s valid through the month of October!
At least, I think I figured it out. If any of you are willing to give it a try, I would love to learn from your experience! And it will cost you only $2.50 (if the discount code actually works)!
Sharing the love
If you have already read Cancer Freedom as a paperback, I would love it if you would post a comment below. That’s another way to use writing to build connections with each other.
And, of course, you are certainly welcome to read the book again as a PDF, Kindle ebook, or audiobook! You can do that by visiting the Cancer Freedom section of my new online shop, applying the discount, and downloading the format of your choice.
Buy the book for yourself, or for someone you love.