Cancer Survivor Inspires Readers with Empowering New Memoir

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Michelle L. Whitlock tells all in personal fight with HPV.

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January marks the observation of National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 500,000 women worldwide are diagnosed with cancer annually, with more than 250,000 dying from the disease. At age 26, author Michelle L. Whitlock was diagnosed with having the human pamillomavirus, commonly called HPV. In her new memoir “How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice: A Memoir of Love, Hope, and Empowerment” (published by iUniverse), Whitlock inspires readers with the powerful story of her fight against cancer.

“How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice” is one woman’s story of falling in love, battling HPV and cervical cancer, facing sexual dysfunction, confronting her conflicting feelings about motherhood, and becoming her own best advocate. Inspirational and honest, this memoir tells the emotional story of love, loss, resilience, and survival.

“There is no need to whisper about these subjects or talk only behind closed doors,” Whitlock explains.

Excerpt from the book:

"I want everyone who reads this book to know two things: you are not alone, and we absolutely must start talking about sex and sexual health. It takes only one sexual encounter to get a STD that could affect the rest of your life. No matter what your age, if you are having sex—and let’s face it, most of us are—you are at risk for coming into contact with HPV. I want women everywhere to be empowered, to open up and talk freely and fearlessly about their bodies, sexual experiences, and sexual health. Your life and reproductive future, or the life and reproductive future of someone close to you, just might depend on it."

“How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice: A Memoir of Love, Hope, and Empowerment” has been selected for inclusion in both the iUniverse Editor’s Choice and Rising Star program, which recognizes excellence in writing and overall potential.

What people are saying about the book:
"Engaging, smart, and intimate. ‘How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice’ offers a rare, personal view into a young woman's world, when her fertility and future are threatened by cancer. Michelle’s story gives hope to those facing a life-threatening diagnosis while juggling a budding career, new relationships, and dreams for starting a family. You won't put it down."

  • Marcia Donziger, MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation

About the Author
Michelle L. Whitlock earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia Union College. She is a retail executive and a passionate advocate for women’s cervical health and fertility options. Whitlock lives in Cordova, Tennessee, with her husband, Mark; their daughter, Riley Grier; and their four-legged children, George and Charlee.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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