Although all three of them have had their lives touched by cancer their stories are most definitely not just about this disease. The book follows their lives as three ordinary women who encounter extraordinary life circumstances. They decided to share their message of hope with others by writing this book in 2009.
Their book Choosing to Smile evolved from their desire to make a difference in the lives of men and women of all ages who are facing ANY type of adversity. Their goal is to help people find strength by choosing to smile through whatever challenges life brings. Through their experiences they have discovered that choosing to smile can help everyone no matter what journey they are on in life and we want to share our message with the world.
They hope you enjoy reading their book.
Julie Houlker was a 15 year cancer survivor who had faced breast cancer three times. (Yes, she actually was one of the few women who have had a mastectomy twice on the same side – a natural breast and a reconstructed breast removed). She lived with metastatic breast cancer for five years after being told she only had 18 months to two years to live. She believed her mission was to inspire others to get through the tough times by choosing to smile. Follow her journey through metastatic cancer treatments on her blog.
Glenda Standeven, first diagnosed with cancer in 1987, was a young mother of a three year old boy, when she lost her entire right leg, hip and pelvis to bone cancer in 1988. Within three years of her surgery she gave birth to her second son despite having only half a pelvis(www.glendastandeven.com). Since losing her leg Glenda has chosen to smile and devote her time to speaking and volunteering in her community.
Michelle Rickaby was diagnosed in 1988 with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She had two infant daughters when she was diagnosed with the same disease that had claimed her brother’s life five years earlier. She also lost her mother and step-mother to breast cancer after her own diagnosis. Michelle found that choosing to smile helped her through many of the difficulties she has had to face after her cancer diagnosis.