Cancer blog ‘100 Perks’ leads to book

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Lewin’s Cove resident realizes life-long dream with publication

Florence Strang’s life-long dream to publish a book has been realized.

Lewin’s Cove resident Florence Strang and fellow cancer survivor Susan Gonzalez, of Georgia, U.S.A., launched their book ‘100 Perks of Having Cancer plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It!’ at the National Women’s Survivors Convention in Nashville, Tennessee Friday. Photo Submitted

BY PAUL HERRIDGE

The Southern Gazette

This month, ‘100 Perks of Having Cancer plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It!’ – a spin-off from her popular blog, was released by Basic Health Publications.

The Lewin’s Cove resident, a registered psychologist, co-authored the book with fellow cancer survivor Susan Gonzalez, a registered nurse from Georgia in the United States.

Following her diagnosis with Stage 3 breast cancer in April 2011, Ms. Strang began writing about the experience online, and decided to attempt to come up with a hundred humorous ‘benefits’ of the disease.

Likewise, Ms. Gonzalez also had a blog focusing more on the healthy living side of the equation, which Ms. Strang said she had started to follow.

“She had all these great health tips to help you survive cancer and she was reading mine because she thought it was funny and inspirational. So when the idea came to do a book, I asked her to join me in doing the project.”

While writing the book, the duo had offers from a number of companies and chose to go with Basic Health Publications, feeling it was the best fit.

“We wrote the book living in two different countries without ever having met.”

“We wrote the book living in two different countries without ever having met.” – Florence Strang

The pair ultimately did meet when Ms. Gonzalez visited the province back in June, and were together again last week for the book’s launch at the National Women’s Survivors Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

With the book, Ms. Strang explained the duo aims to show people it is possible to live a healthy and a happy lifestyle after being diagnosed with cancer.

“When you hear you have cancer, you think it’s a death sentence. I think what we both learned is that you don’t have to lie down and die just because you find out you have cancer.

“There’s a whole lot of things that you can do, and if you really take control of your health, it increases your odds of surviving and it reduces your chances of having a reoccurrence. We’re hoping to give people hope.”

Ms. Strang indicated she will be promoting the book at Chapter’s in St. John’s Sept. 14, and is also planning an event for Marystown the following day.

“I suppose you could say that perk 101, for me, of having cancer was that this is what helped to achieve that dream and get the book published.”

pherridge@southerngazette.ca

Organizations: National Women, Survivors Convention

Geographic location: Cove, Georgia, United States Nashville, Tennessee Marystown

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