Cancer patients are often said to be cured after the five year remission period. After I reached this milestone, I joyfully posted on Facebook about how I could finally call my self a survivor, having been in remission for five years now. Vered, a old friend of mine responded it immediately by asking, “Where is your book?”
As I explained to her that, although I had kept a detailled journal of my experience, and was willing to share my story with all who would listen, I lacked the skills that would allow me to write a book – she interjected, “Olga, I have the perfect person for you.”
“Who, you?!” I said as a joke.
“No, not me,” she replied, “but a friend I just met a few months ago. She’s a writer and a blogger. She’s hasn’t written a book yet, but I believe that she is the perfect match for you.”
That same week Vered invited us both to her Saturday morning Zumba class so that Kim and I could get introduced. After class the three of us stuck around to grab some lunch at a nearby restaurant. As we ate, I recounted my story, some moments marked by tears, both Kim’s and mine. Turns out, Kim had just lost her best friend to breast cancer just a few months prior. The magic of our connection was surreal. Other details that connected us only increased the serendipity in the crossing of our paths. I felt that she was the right person to write my book; I knew that she would understand me and would not judge me.
After almost 1 years in half in the making, Kim and I turned The Joy of Cancer into a reality; our first book was launched and my dream finally came to fruition. I now was able to help others in a more open way.
The rest is history as we say.
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