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Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person – A Giveaway!

It’s time for a giveaway! For a chance to win a FREE print copy of Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person:  A memoir about cancer as I know it, keep reading. I haven’t decided yet how many copies I’ll be giving away. Dear hubby just rolls his eyes when I say stuff like this, but… oh well. 

For a chance to win a FREE copy, all you need to do is comment below. Your comment will need to state that you wish to be entered in this giveaway, AND you will need to answer one of the following questions:

Why do you want to read my memoir?


If you’ve already read my memoir (yes, of course, you can still enter this giveaway), what was something you liked about it?

Pretty easy, right?

So why not enter today?

Just leave your comments below by 5 pm CT on Tuesday, February 23. If you comment on the Facebook thread about this giveaway as well (after I post it), your name will be entered twice. So why not do so?

Newsletter subscribers had an earlier opportunity to enter a separate giveaway as well.  Those winners have already been notified and have received their books. And yes, I’ll be doing another one at some point for subscribers.

Winners will be announced right here on this post soon after the deadline.

Thank you in advance for participating!

Good luck!

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The winners of my giveaway are:  Christine, Peggy, Pam and Anne! Congrats, ladies! I’ll be in touch soon. And thank you to everyone for participating.


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52 thoughts to “Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person – A Giveaway!”





  2. I’d like to read your take on this. I have very mixed emotions on this topic, and am finally ready to read this. Thank you for the opportunity!

  3. My answer is similar to above, NOT getting Cancer is the gift! It’s been a little over a year since I was diagnosed and I can’t say that getting Cancer has made me a better person??? I’d like to hear your perspective.

    Please enter me in the drawing to win your book.

    Thank you,


  4. I would like to be entered to win a copy of your book. As a 6 year triple negative breast cancer survivor, I would like to hear your perspective.

  5. I am a two year breast cancer survivor and I cannot wait to read this book!
    Thank you for the give-away. Please enter my name to win a copy.

  6. I am interested in being entered into the drawing because when I read the book title I laughed out loud, because it said exactly what I was feeling while I was going through treatment, but was hesitant to say out loud because I was trying so hard to “stay positive”.

  7. Getting a cancer diagnosis is a game changer! While I don’t see it as a gift, I do see it as an opportunity to reassess my life and what matters. The sense of one’s mortality can shift your priorities, remind one to be grateful, and to find endless pleasures in such small things.

    For me, living with supposedly “incurable” lymphoma, the chance to reassess and redirect my efforts has been a positive thing. But the impact of dealing with cancer has been emotionally, financially and socially draining. I don’t allow myself to long for the days when I could walk properly and play the sports I love; plan too far into the future; or think about all the friends I’ve lost along the way. I dread the next recurrence, unsure what I will do. So for the moment, I live for this moment and am very grateful for my relative health. But I certainly wish that this “gift” had not been bestowed upon me!

  8. I would like to read your experience in order to gain knowledge about stage 4 breast Cancer have already dealt with stage 2 myself and learned so much from that. But there is so much more to learn about what you are going through and it can help me to understand better maybe help someone if ever i need to.

    1. Nancy I just commented, and also would like to be entered for a chance to get your book. Didn’t know I had to say that.


  9. Cancer is no gift. I’m scheduled for a double mastectomy on 2/29/16. Still have a road of
    Radiation and recon ahead. Thank God Chemo Is Over with.

  10. I’m in the midst of treatment for stage 2 breast cancer. I think your book would be very helpful! Thank your for the opportunity to try to win it!

  11. I am looking forward to reading ‘Cancer Was Not A Gift & Didn’t Make Me A Better Person” because I’m a five year cancer survivor and still feel a bit guilty because when I tried to jump on the “pink bandwagon”, I never felt enthusiastic about it. I have often wondered why I am not as cheerful as everyone else seems to be about going through this process.

    1. …I know why! Because it’s FAR from a cheerful experience! I’m with you on this as I’m sure many are, so please try not to feel guilty 🙂

  12. Hello Nancy, yes I want to be entered in this giveaway, of your Memoir, “Cancer Was Not a Gift & Didn’t Make Me a Better Person”. I soak up all that you write about. I always will want to read about cancer related articles because I have lost my eldest son to colon cancer at the young age of 28. I am still grieving and I always probably will…my son Stephen passed away on February 24, 2009. My nephew passed away on December 08, 2009 from lung cancer, he never smoked. Now I have Stage 111C Inflammatory breast cancer with 12 lymph nodes involved ( they removed them at surgery ). I am very fatigued right now, my oncologist said I have to take Exemestane for the rest of my life. I hope you are doing okay, Nancy.

    This is all for now, thanks so much, Janet Juarez

  13. I would love to be entered in the giveaway! I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer in November. I loved your latest Huffington Post article & shared it on Facebook to maybe share some of your insight (do’s & dont’s) with my friends. You have a special knack of capturing in words what I have bouncing around in my head – so thank you!

  14. I am very interested in reading your memoir, Nancy, and thank you for this chance. Reading your blog has helped me through in so many ways, and I enjoy your writing style. The only gift that I am reminded of through all this is that I get to live, sure, many gifts have come my way to help me through this. Perhaps some with cancer say that to get them through, but dang, if cancer was really a gift, wouldn’t everyone be asking to get it? No one wants cancer. So glad you boldly share the reality! Thanks!

  15. I would like to rad your memoir Nancy because I have enjoyed reading your blog and I appreciate the topics you share on and encourage the rest of us to discuss with you.
    I don’t know anyone who has had cancer who hasn’t been changed by the experience. I look forward to reading your experience. Thanks!

  16. I would love to read this book. I went through breast cancer and all the treatments last year and thought I was done and yesterday had a lump removed from my tongue. MY TONGUE!!! and now playing the waiting game for the lab results. Doctors did not like the looks of this new bump. Don’t know if I can do this two years in a row……

  17. I was diagnosed with stage IV HER2 positive breast cancer in 2011. There is nothing about it that I consider a gift. Love to follow your posts on facebook and really want to read your memoir.

  18. I want to read your book because I have invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast and do not see this as a gift. It just is. Please enter me in your giveaway. Love the honesty of your title and I am looking forward to reading your blog. I had a bilateral mastectomy on 2/2/2016 and meet with my first medical oncologist on 2/22/2016.

  19. I was diagnosed with Stage IIB HER2 positive Breast Cancer in March of 2011. It was after a clear mammogram in Oct 2010 that I found a lump. Still after almost 5 years I have side effects and psychological effects from the diagnosis. I enjoy reading your blog and I would love to read your story.

  20. Hi Nancy,
    I love reading your blog…it has meant a lot to hear from others who don’t buy into the fluff. If breast cancer was a gift, which it was NOT, I want to know where to return it. It turned my world upside down and I will never be the naive woman I was before. It has been nasty, with unrelenting side effects and treatment days were no good, really bad, horrible days. I am thankful to be here on earth.
    Please enter me in the book giveaway and keep up yoyrarvelous work.
    Mary Ellen

  21. Nancy, I read all of your blogs & FB & would love to be entered in the giveaway & have a copy of your book! I will be a 4 year Survivor / Thriver of Triple Negative breast cancer on April 6, 2016. Your work has helped me feel less alone since active treatment was over. Collateral damage is a lonely task master at times. Thank you for your great work! Good thoughts for your health & happiness! Vickie

  22. I really enjoy your blog and would love to read the book. I agree with the title wholeheartedly. One of my favorite images posted to Facebook read something like dear whatever doesn’t kill me, I’m strong enough now, thanks. Right up there with everything happens for a reason, what reason could there possibly be for me or anyone to be diagnosed with a disease that will kill me.

  23. Hi Nancy i am very much interested in hear your perspective…While I am not diagnosed with breast cancer I am BRCA 1 positive and my sister and several close relatives have survived or succumbed to this horrible “gift”

  24. I would love to read your memoir. I have Stage 4 cancer and have been through as much hell as anybody else. I actually do view cancer as a gift. I know it is an unpopular view and I have to defend it often. I strongly believe that everyone’s path is their own, I respect yours, and am very interested to read your take. Cheers

  25. I can’t wait to read your book! Please enter me in your giveaway!! I am having treatment for breast cancer right now. Love hearing about others and they coped. It helps me so much!

  26. I’d love to read your memoir and write a review of it on my blog. I have agreed with so many posts you have written here even though I am an ovarian cancer survivor. I look forward to reading it!

  27. I wish to be entered in this giveaway!

    Your memoir is so powerful in so many ways. It is also very honest and beautifully written. It touches on so many important topics that should be discussed more frequently in our society. A lot of what you wrote resonated with me. One of the things I appreciated was the openness in which you chose to tell, not only your own breast cancer story, but your mom’s story as well. I enjoyed learning more about you and your family. Through your memoir, you opened a door for real discussions about emotions, feelings and fears that are often hidden because of societal expectations.

  28. A friend and fellow survivor posted this and I would love to read your perspective. For me the first time I got cancer I didn’t think it was a gift but I thought maybe it helped me become a better person. The second time…yeah it made me a BITTER person.

  29. I am a 8 yr survivor and am now going through some issues due to the radiation I received 8 years ago. Was told radiation keeps on giving. Would love to read your book. If I should not get the free copy, where could I buy it. Thank you.

  30. Hi Nancy,

    I would like to read your book. I am a 1 1/2 year survivor dealing with many aromataste inhibitor side effects. I have been on them a year now with four more years to go. I am interested in hearing your prospective and experience in dealing with your cancer.

  31. One year survivor of triple negative. I think everyone’s personal story having cancer is unique and I’d like to hear yours. Thanks for giving others this opportunity to receive your book. It’s a great idea and I think just posting about why we wanna enter is pretty powerful!

  32. Hey there! I sooooooo want to enter to win a copy. I am so behind in my reading of everything & want to read your book. Because I have loved your blog for years & love the way you think on breast cancer & all the pink bs. Pick me, pick me, pick me! LOL! Yay! =)

  33. I’d like to be entered for the give-away. I love, love the title of this book. I have beat myself up over the last 6 years because I don’t think I have transformed into some dynamo humanitarian after receiving a cancer dx. I’ve struggled with the whole “gift” concept, although there are times that I recognize some betterment of self-awareness as a result of being a cancer survivor. I blogged about it here.

  34. I would like to read your book because since I was treated for breast cancer I feel a connection with other women who have had it and I have learned a lot from the stories they have shared. I would like to hear your story. Please enter me in the drawing to win your book. Thank you!

  35. Nancy
    I would love to read your book. Please enter me in the drawing.
    I found your blog when looking for information regarding taste buds and chemo. My father was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer last fall and is presently undergoing chemotherapy. He is handling it very well considering this deadly disease. I am planning on reading your blogs as you not only discuss your own story but that of your mother. Thank you so much for sharing your words and your perspective. It is amazing how this work has connected, inspired and sustained so many people. You should know it truly matters.

  36. I would love to read your book. I have really enjoyed your Facebook posts. Your thoughts have helped me through my second journey through breast cancer. It has been a tremendous struggle and I am grateful to know I am not alone in some of my feelings. It has also helped me to not be so hard on myself when others are telling me how grateful and happy I should be. Thanks for being brave and sharing.

  37. Hi Nancy,

    I’d love to read your book. If I don’t win, don’t worry, it’s in my Amazon cart. But I’d like to read it because I think we have similar opinions about pink washing and the breast cancer experience. I’d like to read what you have to say and learn more about your life and how you came to these conclusions.

    Thank you!!!!


  38. I missed this – here via Kathi Kolb’s note on you. But, congratulations on a wonderful title! How often I feel like I have to look behind me to admit that it did not change my outlook on life, that I’m no more enlightened and understanding of the importance of every moment, blah, blah, blah. (I’m hoping that the impending death of a friend from pancreatic cancer may give me what my own cancer did not, but I’m not counting on it.) Congratulations on the book (as well as the title) and I look forward to reading it.

    1. Julie, Thank you for reading Kathi’s wonderful review. I am so grateful for her friendship. I am sorry to hear about your friend. And yes, I’m still waiting for that “enlightenment”. Glad you like my book’s title. Let me know what you think of it if and when you read it. Thanks again for stopping by.

  39. Hi Nancy,

    I purchased your book and finally am reading it. Totally excellent. I didn’t enter the giveaway because I already have mine, but this candid book will be so helpful to so many people.

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