I was thrilled when I was asked to participate in this anthology. I have such a personal stake in a cure for cancer being found. I’ve been fighting the GCB (Great Cancer Battle) for more than fifteen years. I was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, and after a mastectomy and chemo I enjoyed nearly seven years of being cancer free. In 2002, it returned in my hip. It has since metastasized to my back, my skull, and my liver. Since that time, I’ve undergone radiation and have been pretty much under chemotherapy for the past eight years. I’ve lost my hair four times, my cookies once, but never lost my sense of humor.
I’m a huge believer that attitude will get you through most anything. I had my moments of pity, but determined that twenty minutes of feeling sorry for yourself is quite long enough and flung myself into the GCB.
I just recently got the news that the current chemo that I’m on is ineffective and will be starting yet another. That makes about eight different chemos in the past year … and yes, I’ll be losing my hair once again.
So, as you can see, myself and millions of other women and men can only benefit from the money raised in this anthology. Entangled represents hope for me. The fact that so many wonderful authors came together to participate in this project only demonstrates their generosity. It seems like no matter who you talk to, that person has been touched by cancer in some way, shape, or form. Whether breast cancer, ovarian cancer, liver, or pancreatic … everyone knows someone, is related to someone, or is undergoing the GCB themselves.
I’d love for this rat-bastard disease to be eradicated in my lifetime. That can only happen through the efforts of people like these wonderful authors who participated in Entangled.