Beverly Fetzer Oakley Shares Struggles, Joy of Victory Over Cancer

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‘Hanging On for Dear Life’ reveals how couple faced seemingly insurmountable odds with faith and courage.

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Beverly Fetzer Oakley shares a true story of faith and hope through a loved one’s cancer diagnosis, treatment and remission, in her uplifting new book, “Hanging On for Dear Life: Our Family's Victory over Cancer” (published by WestBow Press).

It was 1982 when Oakley’s husband, Jim, was diagnosed with cancer. The couple was in their early 30s with young children, and Oakley turned to writing for therapy and prayer for strength. “Hanging On for Dear Life” gives insight into her experiences as a caregiver, and her story is positive, hopeful and even humorous at times. The book offers helpful tips for those coping with a loved one’s cancer diagnosis and speaks to the realities that cancer patients and their families face. Ultimately, Oakley’s story is a resounding testament to the healing power of faith.

An excerpt from “Hanging On for Dear Life”:

“I do not want anyone to think I am super human, or that I never fall apart. I am not always tough. I am not as strong as my husband thinks I am. I’ve always felt when we do something, we should do it well. Sometimes I do fall apart, just never where anyone can see it. I’ve never had anyone show up for my pity parties. It would be odd for me to send out invitations. Negative emotions don’t get to stay here for long! Fall apart if you must. Fall down if you have to, then get up and find a way to go on. There will be enough crises in life. We don’t need to create them.”

“Hanging On for Dear Life”
By Beverly Fetzer Oakley
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 172 pages | ISBN 9781490809687
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 172 pages | ISBN 9781490809694
E-Book | ISBN 9781490809700
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Beverly Fetzer Oakley and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1966. They reside in Nashville, Tenn., and have two children and three grandchildren. Oakley has taught Bible classes for more than 40 years and been a guest speaker at various churches. She has been an independent sales director with Mary Kay since 1980 and serves as assistant innkeeper special events coordinator at the historic Culbertson Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Louisville, Ky. She also serves as a board member of the Friends of Two Rivers Mansion in Nashville and is chairman of the events committee for that group.

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