Breast Cancer Survivor Bares All

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In her new memoir, author Joana Montenegro leaves no stone unturned when discussing the realities of battling cancer.

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Joana Montenegro lost many things during her battle with cancer. Her sense of humor wasn’t one of them. “I know they say going through cancer treatment is a journey. It's not a journey,” says Montenegro. “Journey sounds like a road trip. It's more like being shoved into a rocket ship and blasted off into space.”

Montenegro, who recently released her memoir “Sticking It To Cancer” (published by AuthorHouse), is into the business of telling-it-like-it-is. When discussing cancer, she cuts through the sentimentalities. “It's frightening, it's disorienting, you'll never be the same person ever again; it's even a little bit funny at times. And it's the greatest lesson in courage, strength and thankfulness.”

In “Sticking It To Cancer” Montenegro relates these lessons in courage, strength and thankfulness to her own “blast off” with cancer.

“This book is the story of my ride in that rocket ship,” says Montenegro, who writes candidly about her fears, her frustrations and her moments of great joy.

Montenegro was a 37-year-old working mother of four small children when her breast cancer was detected. Her treatments lasted from July 2010 to April 2011. During that time, she chronicled her days in a blog. “Sticking It To Cancer” is a collection of those blog posts.

“There really aren’t a lot of books out there that describe the emotional turmoil of cancer treatments,” says Montenegro. “There are many books on diet during or after cancer and certainly many books containing the medical facts, but very little for those of us wanting to know how it feels, what goes on in a family – the daily experience of it all.”

Montenegro knew her blog filled a need and wanted to capsulate her writings in a book.

Hope and discovery are at the center of “Sticking It To Cancer.” “We are reminded that even in the worst of situations, like a cancer diagnosis, such tragedy can open our eyes to the beauty in the world and bring us closer to what really matters.”

About the Author
In July 2010 Joana Montenegro received a phone call that changed her life. She was told she had breast cancer. “I decided I needed to go through this very frightening experience with as much grace as possible,” remember Montenegro, “and I needed to document it in the event I didn't survive long enough for my children to get to know me.”

Montenegro lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, with her husband, Steve, her two children, Lucy and Daniel, and her two stepsons, Sam and Anthony.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse will celebrate 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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