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Grateful for My Book’s Biggest Champion

With two days to go before Christmas, I finished the first draft of my book, It’s Not Harder Than Cancer.

I set Christmas as my deadline because I wanted to give a copy of the manuscript to my father-in-law as a gift. He has been the biggest champion for my book, imploring me to write about my cancer experience since I finished treatment in February 2013.

“People need to hear about how you got through this in such a positive way,” he’d say.

Finding time to write after treatment was challenging because of work and life. Plus, I was working in the cancer space, which grew to be overwhelming. Only after I left the cancer world and got some distance and fresh air at the beach did the words start flowing.

My father-in-law loved the surprise and it looks like an engrossing read, fingers crossed.


In the meantime, I’m in the process of hiring an editor and I’m on the hunt for a publisher. If I don’t find one, I’ll likely self publish. One way or another, It’s Not Harder Than Cancer will see the light of day.


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  • Reply
    Marion Westerling
    January 2, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    So glad you left the cancer space and did what you were meant to do, my friend. When we let Go and let God, all kinds of wonderful things happen!

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      Michael Holtz
      January 2, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      It’s so true, Marion. There are amazing things to come. I’m so excited to share the journey!

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    January 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    So proud of you Michael. I have no doubt that you will be published. I have known that most of your life that you would write something wonderful.

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