Antoinette Truglio Martin never thought this would happen to her. She thought she would live to at least 103, with her husband and 3 daughters.

But her world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Antoinette Truglio Martin book is a heart wrenching and brave tale, that talks about her life before, during and after cancer.

She had the horrible, hard task of telling her family and friends. However when she was all talked out. Email became her friend.

Memories of her past life with her family resurface. As she mixes them in to give delightful tales. From times on the ice to time with her daughters.

This helps us to connect with Antoinette on a another level.A lovely lady with a great life who does not deserve to have Cancer.

This book follows Antionette journey. Journalling her battle with cancer and the journey she is on to stay alive.

I requested to read this book as my mother shared a similar story. My Mum went for her first mammogram and a tiny lump of cancer was found. She was very lucky. If my mum had left it the results in 3 years time could be devastating.

As Antoinette Truglio Martin family comes to terms with what is going on. Her book conveys a simple message – #Hugeveryoneyouknow. You never know when it is going to be the last time. So appreciate everything and everyone.

This book felt like being on an emotional rollercoaster – many ups and do. However learning all about the procedures and what happens when you are diagnosed with cancer was interesting. Everyone assumes straight away you go for chemotherapy. But that is not always the case.

A brave, inspiring and hear breaking story of Antoinette Truglio Martin of her life and living with cancer. I would recommend reading this book but have some tissues ready!

If you haven’t already done so please hug everyone you know

I was first asked to list five books to read to keep me motivated during difficult times. What did I read during that awful first year of cancer, or when I was re-diagnosed five years later with Stage IV cancer, or when my husband became very ill, or when my dad’s heart needed to be fixed, or when I fretted over my daughters, or—you get the idea. Interesting. My libraries are absent of inspirational or motivational titles.

I do read. I find peace and satisfaction in getting lost in the words and the worlds the words create. In my work life, I read for information and professional development. In my home life, I love to read for entertainment and escape. I want books that are well written. The story must be compelling to hold my attention, consistent in its world, and move along at a steady pace. The characters must have depth in action and dialog and stand out from each other. Stories that stay with me beyond the pages are most revered and inspire me as a writer and human being.


Since the host, Louise, of 12 Books is flexible and kind, I will indulge you in the types of books I like to read—period.

Getting lost in a historical fiction’s far away time is my great escape. I am not partial to an era. Medieval tales, as in the Ken Follet’s Kingsbridge Series and Donna Woolfolk Cross’ Pope Joan, are just as fascinating as stories set in the turn of the century, as in Eliza Waite by Ashley Sweeney or a depression-era setting as in Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris.

I am never disappointed with any fiction by Jodi Piccolt and Ann Tyler. Their characters are always fresh and real, the settings feel authentic, and the plots are always riveting. Some fantasies can fit into this genre. Niel Gaimen is a favorite story weaver who can keep his worlds incredible and consistent. I come away from his books thinking, “Yeah, that could happen.”
Short stories fill the need to read, yet conclude in a reasonable time frame. I buy a copy of The Best American Short Stories each year.

Children’s literature is still on my reading lists. There are hundreds of picture books I had read to my children and students. My first published book, Famous Seaweed Soup, was a fun twist on the fable Little Red Hen. Since I am currently working on a middle-grade novel, I have been reading a good deal of the genre that addresses social issues this age group faces. Esperanza Rising (Pam Munoz Ryan ) and Wonder (R.J. Palacio ) immediately come to mind. The Underneath, by Kathi Appelt, is beautifully written in fantastic prose.

While pursuing my MFA in Creative Writing, I had taken memoir and biography classes and read many personal essays. The reading expanded my literacy and reintroduced me to talented writers. Jeanette Wells’ Glass Castles and Lou Ann Walker’s A Loss For Words: A Story of Deafness in a Family still stick in my mind years after I read them. I frequently go back to Tilly Olsen’s Silences and Ann Morrow Lindbergh, Gift From The Sea.

Oh, and there is one more title that took sweat, tears, and breath from me; Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. It is a memoir chronicling my first year battling breast cancer as a wimpy patient.

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