Honey Ford Releases ‘Since You’ve Been Gone: A Year of Firsts’

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Book chronicles one family’s heartbreaking journey as their only daughter battled brain cancer

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On April 7, 2014, Honey Ford and her husband, Nathan, heard devastating news that would change their lives forever. Their 17-year-old daughter, Chelsea, had a brain tumor. In “Since You’ve Been Gone: A Year of Firsts” (published by Balboa Press AU), Ford shares the true story of the tragic reality a small family endured after their only child was diagnosed with brain cancer.

The book tells a candid story of love, inner-strength and courage as Ford chronicles her family’s heartbreaking journey from the moment they learned of the diagnosis through Chelsea’s continual challenges as she battled the disease through surgery and subsequent treatments. As Ford fought to keep her only child alive, she details how she became a passionate advocate for Chelsea, relayed news to family and friends, coordinated visitors and organized a much-needed getaway to Fiji for the family. As the worst possible outcome became a reality, she reveals how she managed to get through the darkest of days and a year of firsts—one step at a time—while providing inspiration to others enduring similar challenges.

“This book will help readers understand the devastation that brain cancer causes a family and their community,” Ford says. “ I think it will also show that even in the most dire of circumstances, life can be wonderful, people can be wonderful and to just take one step at a time.”

“Our daughter’s story needs to be shared to raise awareness of this insidious disease and the desperate need for a cure. Chelsea did not win her fight against brain cancer but her strength and commitment to fighting was very much inspiring.”

“Since You’ve Been Gone: A Year of Firsts”
By Honey Ford
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 170 pages | ISBN 9781504311663
E-Book | 170 pages | ISBN 9781504311656
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Honey Ford and her husband, Nathan, reside in Brisbane, Australia. Their daughter, Chelsea, was just 18 years old when she passed away in 2014 from brain cancer after a brave six-month battle. Ford believes that everything happens for a reason and that this is hers—to tell the world about her darling daughter.

Balboa Press Australia is a division of Hay House, Inc., a leading provider in publishing products that specialise in self-help and the mind, body and spirit genre. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the Author Solutions self-publishing model. For more information or to start publishing today, visit balboapress.com.au/ or call 1800 050 315. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter and “Like” us at facebook.com/BalboaPress.

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