Sometimes, when that "other shoe" finally drops, it drops hard...
She couldn’t believe her luck. After years of living with the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis, Ann Pietrangelo was making the most of her miraculous remission – not that she didn’t expect the other shoe to drop. An accidental discovery of a lump soon led to the life-threatening diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer.
From a deeply personal perspective and told in riveting detail, Catch That Look explores the relationships between doctors and their patients, as well as between patients and their loved ones. With each new page, it becomes crystal clear that just as a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes, when you catch it, a look speaks volumes.
From the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis, this follow-up memoir is one that Ann never thought she would have to write. It offers the reader passionate insight into the emotional and physical turmoil of learning you have a second life-altering disease – and what it means to be a true survivor.
For Ann and her husband, Jim, the diagnosis would test their "living, laughing, and loving despite" mindset. Would they pass this test?
With foreword by Diane Radford, MD, FACS, FRCSEd, surgical oncologist and breast surgeon at Mercy Clinic St. Louis Cancer & Breast Institute.
Ann Pietrangelo is a freelance writer and Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) Ambassador. She and her husband, Jim, are partners in WebCamp One, LLC, a full-service website development and content creation company. Their philosophy is a simple one: LIVE while you're here and give back when you can.
"Where the road leads, for now, is a mystery. I'm just grateful to be on the road." -- Ann Pietrangelo
Author website: AnnPietrangelo.com
Also by Ann Pietrangelo: No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis
I vowed to myself, and to all who inquired, that I would not write this book. Yet, here it is, a second memoir that involves my own health. Life's funny that way. When I wrote No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis, my intention was to pull the reader inside the thought process of a person as she comes to grips with a serious health condition. It worked. I occasionally receive emails from readers of No More Secs! Some thank me for writing it and putting into words what they were unable to express. Some say they used it to tell their loved ones what it feels like to have MS. Some tell me they simply feel less alone. After the cancer diagnosis, someone attempted to comfort me by saying, "Now you'll have more credibility as a health writer." That's a bit of credibility I could have lived without. Still, if my story provides a small measure of comfort to one person, it's a story worth telling. I hope you think so, too.
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"Awareness months and words of encouragement are nice to see, but they don't tell people what it is like to be diagnosed and what an individual and her family experience."
"…Didn't put it down…your story gives me hope!…Thank you for an amazing read!"
"Thank you for giving me something positive to follow."
"Just picked up your book again this week. Needed to refresh my memory, plus you give me inspiration and make me laugh."
"The writing is excellent. Very compelling, an absolute page turner...Any cancer survivor would be interested."
"Just finished your book. I gave it a Triple E: Enlightening, Entertaining, and Encouraging."
"I ran across your Triple Negative [Breast Cancer] blog while researching TNBC. I downloaded your book on my Kindle, and even though I intended to read it during my chemo sessions, I read it all immediately upon download! You are so easy to relate to -- good book!"
"I received your book in the mail today. I haven't been able to put it down. Thank you for writing this….I'm passing it on to my daughter when I finish it."
"WOW Ann, you did it again. An amazing piece of writing. I was inspired yet again (now stop that) by your ability to cope with insurmountable obstacles. What bounces off each chapter is not only the knowledge you lend others but the grace in which you do it...This is not another cancer survivor story, it's a manual for the ability to live, laugh, and love ;-)...despite what life throws at you. MS & Cancer awoke your deepest gift. Thank you for sharing it with us."
"Just finished your book, truly inspirational!"
"Reading your new book. It feels like you are sitting here with me telling the story."
"Just downloaded it. I enjoyed your first book, I'm sure looking forward to reading this one."
"I downloaded it last week and I read it during our recent snow storm. Absolutely wonderful - you have such a wonderful gift of making the reader feel as if they are sharing your journey. Please keep writing!"
"Finished the book. Couldn't put it down until the very last page. I know you don't think you are brave but I disagree."
"Loved your first book, can't wait to read your second book!"