Survivor: ‘Cancer best present I ever received’

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Denise De Simone’s New Soul-baring memoir upends traditional view of healing

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For many, cancer is a death sentence. But for Denise DeSimone, it was a chance to live a better, more fulfilling life.

An active and healthy 49-year-old, DeSimone suddenly faced the threat of having only three months to live when she was diagnosed with stage IV throat and neck cancer. While most would start naming beneficiaries, DeSimone named her cancer and gave it permission to teach her the lessons she needed to learn.

“The presence of cancer was the best present I ever received,” said DeSimone. “Befriending my cancer as opposed to battling it was critical to my overall health. The world is constantly waging war on so many fronts, from drugs and poverty to AIDS and terrorism – I knew that waging a war with something that was already raging within me would be ludicrous.”

She recounts her journey of courage, strength and deep spirituality in her new memoir, [From Stage IV to Center Stage, to empower readers to find the opportunities in their struggles and turn pain into purpose.

During rigorous treatments of both traditional and alternative medicine – in addition to regular doses of self-love – DeSimone vowed that should she live, she would use her life to inspire others. And she’s done just that: Although the semi-professional singer was told she may never sing again, just 22 months after diagnosis, she sang the National Anthem before a sell-out crowd of 35,000 Boston Red Sox fans at Fenway Park. One month later, she pedaled 87 miles in one day to raise money for children's cancer research.

Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Medicine & Miracles, praises DeSimone: “Reading this book can be a guide for anyone facing one of life’s difficulties. If you have the courage and are willing to show up for practice and not fear change and failure, then let this book become your coach and guide you to a healed life.”        

Says reader Jack Santos, “The richness of life comes through as DeSimone describes her journey in a way that makes it a lesson for us all. The lessons in this book are ones worth sharing with the world, whether you are a cancer survivor or not: Stay present to love. What a present this book is.”

From Stage IV to Center Stage
By Denise DeSimone
ISBN: 9781452535371
Approx. 217 pages
Paperback 6x9
Retail price: $17.95
E-book price: $6.39
Available at http://www.denisedesimone.com.

About the author
Denise DeSimone is an ordained interfaith minister, an inspirational and motivational speaker and a singer. She is certified in multiple alternative healing modalities and is a wellness coach to cancer patients. DeSimone also created Pray Peace, a multimedia offering of personal and global peace. Currently, she resides between Greensboro, N.C., and Newburyport, Mass. This is her first book.

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