Unfortunately, more than two hundred different types of cancer have been discovered. That’s why we’ve decided to dedicate this month’s “We Talk to Ourselves…a LOT” blog to everyone who has been touched by this horrible disease.
Loree: Since November of 2015, I’ve been battling Multiple Myeloma (incurable blood cancer that develops in bone marrow). The goal of treatment (chemo, steroids, bone-building infusions, antivirals, antibiotics, and anti-nausea meds, hydrating liquids, countless blood tests, PET scans, bone marrow biopsies, and an upcoming stem cell transplant) is to blast those evil cells until I’m in remission.
Several of my key secondary characters have coped with cancer. It’s a deep, gritty subject that demanded hours of deep research and in depth interviews with cancer specialists, patients, family members, and caregivers. Time well spent, because I went into this situation with a head full of details that helped me ask on-target questions and better understand this ‘thing’ I’m facing.
In Sickness and Health, #2 in “By Way of the Lighthouse,” my 3rd series for Heartwarming, I’ll focus on a long-separated couple, forced to reunite when the hero faces the terrifying diagnosis. I intend to dedicate a generous percentage of the book’s proceeds to research for all types of cancer. (Cerella has a similar special project of her own in mind, and she’ll tell you all about it real soon.)
Cerella: We hope you’ll enjoy this special edition of “We Talk to Ourselves…a LOT!”, and that you’ll find ways to contribute to much-needed cancer research—dollars, volunteer hours, etc.—not just on this, Stand Up to Cancer Day, but every day of the year, because, as Loree says, until some brave and brilliant soul discovers a way to eradicate this vicious ailment, it’ll continue touching families in the most unkind ways.
Loree: Very soon, I’ll sign in at Georgetown University Hospital, where during my 2-4 week quarantined confinement, I’ll receive a stem cell transplant. I’ll have wireless access, so I hope you’ll stay in touch (Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.)!
And lest you think we forgot, we want to send a special shout-out to the winners of last month's National Romance Awareness giveaway!
Grand Prize goes to Cheryl B. while our runners up were Evelyn N, Nina b., Darlene H., and Jenny D.! Congratulations!
Cerella: Until next month, we’ll both be thinking of you, and praying that if you have a personal connection to some form of cancer, you’ll enjoy a happy ending!
Love y’all bunches,
CERELLA SECHRIST lives in York, Pennsylvania with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. Inspired by her childhood love of stories, she was ten years old when she decided she wanted to become an author. These days, Cerella divides her time between working in the office of her family’s construction business and as a barista to support her reading habit and coffee addiction. She’s been known to post too many pug photos on both Instagram and Pinterest. You can see for yourself by finding her online at www.cerellasechrist.com. Harper’s Wish, Book #1 in her Findlay Roads series, is her third Harlequin Heartwarming novel.