"This has been a journey traversed on never-before-traveled roads with forks and dead ends and multiple switch-backs for all of us."
~Nancy Robinson, A Long and Winding Road
A Long and Winding Road: A family's intimate journey to the other side of breast cancer by Nancy J. Robinson is the touching and true story of a beautiful, vibrant woman who had a feeling that something was not quite right. In October of 2005, Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer, at the age of 49.
First of all, I should mention right away that Nancy is my friend. I met her many years ago, when our children were in preschool together. At that time, I learned that she was a muralist (and I've learned more recently that she also writes for the newspaper). Her youngest son, Jordan, is about a year older than my daughter, Angela, and he helped her feel more comfortable during her first months at preschool, away from me. Over the years, I've watched her boys, Matthew and Jordan, grow into handsome, caring, and talented musicians and young men.
"I am stronger than cancer."
~Nancy J. Robinson, A Long and Winding Road
Nancy's story is one of strength and survival. I never expected to say this, but I have many good friends and family members who've had (or have) various cancers. My lovely friend from college, Eriko, is also a breast cancer survivor. Last year, my husband, Randy, was treated for prostate cancer at a young age (a very helpful book for those faced with this disease is Dr. Patrick Walsh's Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer). And I lost my wonderful mother to cancer less than a year ago. Unfortunately, cancer seems to be quite prevalent these days, although I suppose the silver lining is that many cancers are curable or at least treatable, if caught early enough.
Nancy shared some pictures from her recent book-signing party, which I was unable to attend. (Knowing about my probable conflict with Nancy's book launching in advance, I bought a copy of A Long and Winding Road which she signed for me a few days before the party.)
You can read the first chapter of A Long and Winding Road on Nancy's website.
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