Keeping It Real

Keeping It Real by Laura Starner
Keeping It Real
by Laura Starner

Keeping It Real is a story of HOPE that I continue to live.

I can remember the day I was told, “YOU have breast cancer.”  I was paralyzed with fear. I sat in my living room and cried silent tears and started to pray. I am an educator at heart so the only practical next step was to go to the bookstore to find a book about someone who had survived.  Surely, there was a book out there that would encourage me. How many books could I find? NONE. ZERO. NOTHING.

Yes, that’s right! I wanted a book written by an average, working mom like me. I am not a celebrity nor am I privy to employ a chef, maid, driver or nanny. It was just me and my husband and together we would find our way through the maze of medical jargon, schedule adjustments and try to maintain what would be known as the new normal.

  • We kept our routine.
  • I worked through chemotherapy.
  • It was emotional!
  • It was frightening.
  • It was so hard.
  • I lost my hair and gained an appreciation for eyelashes. (I never thought of it that way.)

I am a different person after:

  • 8 cycles of chemotherapy
  • 2 surgeries
  • 3 ports
  • 35 rounds of radiation
  • 1 high school graduation
  • 1 college graduation
  • 1 beautiful wedding
  • 1 promotion (me)
  • 1 empty nest

 I started a blog that evolved into a book.

I share with you my thoughts, my hopes, my soul, my highs, my lows and everything in between. I am compelled to share my story, my story of HOPE in my book Keeping It Real.  I must share it with YOU. There is something for everyone: mother, daughter, sister, brother, husband, dad, son, friend, and caregiver.

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Inspire. Encourage. Empower.

Be Blessed,


 “I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG)















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