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“Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person” Is On Sale!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started this post, deleted it, re-started it, pondered over whether I should publish it or not, and then pondered some more about whether it’s appropriate for October and so on. In other words, I’ve over-thought it. A lot. Finally, I said to myself, just publish the darn post. Are you wondering why I struggled?

Well, I don’t want to be perceived as talking out of both sides of my mouth. I mean it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month after all. I’m trying to sell something. Am I being hypocritical? I don’t think so. I hope not anyway.

The way I figure it, it’s my way of pushing back against the October pink craziness. As you know, I do not embrace most of the Pinktober hoopla nonsense, and I’m pretty confident this comes across in my memoir.

And as I’ve mentioned, I still love October and I refuse to let Breast Cancer Awareness Month change this. This is one reason I chose the image I did for my book’s cover in the first place. The image has special meaning as explained at the back of my book, but it also helps me take back October.

Anyway…let’s get to the real reason for this post – a sale!

For the month of October, my memoir, Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person:  A memoir about cancer as I know it, is on sale!

If you purchase my memoir and plug in the code oct5off, you can get the pdf version for half price!

Again, to clarify, this code is for the pdf version only.

EDIT:  The Amazon sale price has kicked in as well. My memoir is on sale there for the rest of October as well, so check out that option too.

So if you haven’t read my memoir yet, but want to, this might be a good time.

Together we can push back a bit on the pink nonsense and at the same time, reclaim a piece of October.

NOTE:  10% of all profits will be donated to METAvivor.

Do you think I’m being hypocritical?

How do you reclaim October?

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Cancer Was Not a Gift

Phyllis Schultz

Friday 22nd of September 2017

Finally something about how I really feel. Pink ribbons, walk-a thons etc. do not make me feel any better, if not worse. Since I do not have the strength or energy to do any of them even though 7 years out. Is there an address I can send a check to. I do not have pay pal or give my credit card info over line. I will be happy to mail you a check for the full amount and then you can mail it to me. thank you.


Friday 22nd of September 2017

Hi Phyllis, Please email me at and I will be happy to do discuss doing that. I don't give out my address here. Thank you for your interest in my memoir!

Beth L. Gainer

Thursday 20th of October 2016

You are no hypocrite, Nancy.

This is an excellent way to take back October. I loved your memoir; it's very clear in this memoir where you stand on the pink-nonsense stuff. You portray a very realistic portrayal of breast cancer and how it affects everything, including the family dynamic.

I've already purchased my copy, but for anyone who wants to buy it, it is worth every penny!


Friday 21st of October 2016

Beth, Thank you for your encouraging words. You're always so supportive. xx


Wednesday 5th of October 2016

Not hypocritical AT ALL, Nancy, and this is a great post. It reminds us that there are so many ways to fight Pinktober, or to take back October. We have to. Your title says it all, and your book was brave and lovely, like you. I'm going to get a couple of extra copies from you. I gave mine away to a best friend who was recently diagnosed. It is a great gift. Better than another frozen casserole!

I started chemo in October, and we have very little Autumn in Austin (over 90 degrees, today), so it will never be my favorite month. I've always felt I should be able to help myself to anything "pinked up" in the stores - it's for our benefit, right?? (Kidding)


Monday 10th of October 2016

Linda, Thank you for saying you don't think I'm being hypocritical. And thank you for reading my book! Saying it's better than getting another frozen casserole made me chuckle. And I agree, we have to take back October in whatever way that works for us. Thank you again for your support. It means a lot.

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