From Cancer to CanCan
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When Amanda Pipella was fifty-one she went for a follow-up to a routine mammogram. Her day began in a waiting room full of women. It ended with her alone – the last woman standing. And later the dreaded words: we have found cancer.
What follows is a journey through hope and despair, chemotherapy and surgery, the Mornington Peninsula and, finally, Paris. Surrounded by love and yet feeling terribly alone, she must learn why not as much as why, what it means to put herself first and what faith looks like in the darkest of nights. Through it, she walks hand in hand with Jesus Christ, the constant song of her heart, who saves her in every way.
My book began as I recorded my inner thoughts and feelings in my journal on the day I was told: 'We have found cancer'. It was late May 2013. I finished writing my story after several surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and finally a trip to Paris in September 2014. After further surgeries, my book went to press in June 2015.My journal entries can be found in the early chapters of my book. You will hear my heart's cry as I write down my prayers to God, my good shepherd. Writing my book has been a labour of love over two very challenging years.
It has been born out of many struggles, heartaches and tears, and some funny and truly amazing moments as well. It is my hope that you will laugh and cry with me as we travel From Cancer to Cancan together. What I write is raw, real, heartfelt and transparent as I take you behind the scenes of what really happens throughout a cancer journey: physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
I believe that my book is for anyone who is dealing with grief, long-term illness, cancer, or trauma of any kind, and their family, friends and carers. (And let's be real…that's almost all of us).
I will take you to the top of the Eiffel Tower, where I wave across Paris as a salute to overcoming cancer. This was my Everest. My final destination, however, is the Moulin Rouge where I have my own 'Cancan' moment, and find myself ushering in a new season where I intend to kick up my heels and live life to the full. (My husband also has his own special 'Cancan' revelation which will delight your heart.)
My greatest desire is to give you hope, and impart courage and strength no matter what challenge you are facing – to encourage you to never give up.
Please enjoy the ride…and may you also know that you are loved, and never alone as you face your own mountain. And know, too, that you 'cancan' do all things through Christ who gives you strength. (Philippians 4:13).
With all my love and many blessings,