The title Keeping It Real came from a true desire to share the details about everyday life with a devastating diagnosis that included working mom, managing a home, raising two daughters, wife to my husband and pursuing steps up the career ladder. Then, almost as if I hit a wall, I had to add to that already busy life: chemo patient, breast cancer diagnosis and advocate for my health care.
“Keeping it Real, is a story that faces the raw emotions and journey of a strong woman enduring one of the most frightful experiences that no woman wants to face. An excellent read as her words allow you to “feel” the emotions of her journey and how it impacted all aspects of her life. It also validated the relationship between God and His children during our Earthly struggles. The author/survivor writes her story in a way that is easy to read, follow, and understand in a very complex world of medical vocabulary. Her story brought out many emotions and relatable life experiences of compassion, empathy, and love. Thank you for sharing a story of selflessness and courage during a traumatic, yet “silver lined” journey.” ~Beth Nave
Eight years as a breast cancer survivor, I am thankful for every minute I’m given.
I understand what it feels like to wait ten days for a biopsy report and receive devastating news. I understand that you may not want to leave the house, but if you are ready to fight, consider me your cheerleader. I’m in your corner.
Still, I have tears run down my cheek every now and then when I think about my story, but I am so blessed to share my journey with those who need hope and encouragement.
When I was caught in the middle of my war against cancer, I found peace from hearing stories of victory. However, rarely were these stories written by an average, working mother like me. I may not be able to hold your hand or wipe your tears, but let me give you a story of an ordinary woman’s faith, hope, and resilience in the face of darkness.
Maybe you’ve just received devastating news of a family member diagnosed with cancer, or maybe you’re the woman looking in the mirror with the bald head, a body of scars, and a tired spirit. But I’m here to tell you that you can have HOPE.
Let me walk with you on your journey and encourage you to fight your battle because, though battered and bruised, you can rise!
Read Keeping It Real if:
- You don’t know how or where to begin your journey after being diagnosed with cancer.
- You have a loved one who has been diagnosed with a serious illness and you aren’t sure how to provide the right support.
- You need tips to become a better advocate for yourself or loved one.
- You want to know how to create positive memories along the way.
- You just want a story about someone who was victorious.
- You want to step away from fear and despair into a place of hope.
What Others Are Saying About Keeping It Real:
“Having just traveled the bumpy, complicated, and unpredictable road through cancer with another friend, Laura’s Book brings even more encouragement and mindfulness. It is a great inspiration before, during, and after a battle with cancer or any other life challenge.” ~Debbie
“Keeping It Real does just that. I was encouraged and inspired by the faith that Laura walked in during her entire journey while still choosing to maintain normalcy and positivity in her life. Cancer does suck. It takes a toll on one’s mind and body…physically, spiritually, and mentally along with your caregivers. Laura gracefully and humbly shares her story while educating the reader on the importance of being your own advocate by asking questions, doing research, while still seeking the face of God. I thank her for sharing her heart and Keeping It Real!” ~Robin Spangler