How To Find Hope in A Cancer Diagnosis

SHERMAN, Conn. - Oct. 29, 2021 - PRLog -- When Linda Kopec got her first cancer diagnosis, she didn't give up.

When she got her second cancer diagnosis, she didn't give up.

Instead, Kopec not only beat the cancers, she realized the dreaded disease can also bring gifts to the living.

"By sharing my story, my goal is that, as you take a ride on my emotional rollercoaster, you will see that there is hope among the fear and beauty among the ashes," Kopec wrote in her book about her experiences.

Cancer Gifts: Lessons in Gratitude, Acceptance and Perseverance, published by Emerald Lake Books, is the result of Kopec's two diagnoses 10 years apart — first for colon cancer and then with breast cancer.

When she was cancer-free the second time, she stopped asking "Why me?" and instead decided to share her experiences, especially for all those who don't have the benefit of a supportive family and circle of friends.

In addition to a moving memoir, Cancer Gifts contains actionable information in each chapter. Every "Ringing the Bell" section raises points for cancer patients and their caregivers to reflect on as they tackle this illness mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It could be a reminder to patients to take care of themselves or practical tips to employ when they are having a difficult day.

For example:

Have you ever been surprised by a lack of information? If so, how did it make you feel? During this cancer journey, be sure to ask questions. The more information you have, the better you'll be able to make important decisions about your treatment and care. And if you're feeling overwhelmed or aren't comfortable asking questions, appoint a trusted family member or friend to advocate for you.

Kopec's inspiring story is interspersed with messages from her family and caregivers, who were all part of her support team. Readers will discover that comfort, peace and healing can be found even in the midst of the unknown.
  • Kopec was a payroll bookkeeper for more than 20 years. She now works at home in West Haven, CT, with her husband of more than 50 years, Dennis. Together, they operate an accounting business called Sea Bluff Accounting. If you are interested in having Kopec speak to your group or organization, either online or in person, contact her at
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