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A book from a young Stage 4 cancer thriver filled with hard-won lessons for facing down crisis with courage & living like you mean it.
A book from a young Stage 4 cancer thriver filled with hard-won lessons for facing down crisis with courage & living like you mean it.
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LATEST UPDATE!

WE REACHED OUR FIRST STRETCH GOAL! 

In just 10 days we reached our first stretch goal of $30,000! 

Our next stretch goal is two-fold:  

1. YES--We want to reach $50,000 and get every backer an audio copy of The Courage Club.  

2. AND YES--We want to reach 1,000 people. Have 1,000 people totally wrapped into this movement of Courageous Living in the face of it all.

I am SUPER excited about the Courageous Wellness Kit! Here is a little more info on that: 

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My Story

Hi. My name is Katie. The simple version of my story is this: when I was 30, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. Despite a year of nasty treatments, the cancer ended up spreading, and at 31, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Since then, I’ve been on a wild ride trying to find a way to slow this cancer down and “get on with living my life”. 

The real version of my story is a bit more intense. I was living the average life of a busy, Type A, overly committed 30-something when crisis and illness ravaged my body, stole my identity and damaged or destroyed almost everything that gave my life meaning including my career, my relationships and my shot at having a family. 

After wrangling with tremendous grief, fear and anger I discovered that the only way to find meaning again would be through embracing whatever life I had left, and this would require traveling to new depths with myself. 

I had a new goal. One bigger than "crushing cancer." And it was this: to get so present with life, so connected with my body, and so engaged with the world that even if I died, I would have lived a healed and powerful life.

The Birth of a Book

This is not a book about illness and dying. This is a book about deep wellness and powerful living. 

I have written this because I want you to know that you are not alone in the messy work of making meaning in our lives and I want you to live your one, wild, beautiful life all in. 

In The Courage Club, I give you true stories and tested resources to help with audacious, courageous, wholehearted living. 

Cancer, crisis, or not, this book is meant to give a megaphone to the voice inside each of us that is saying: Now is the time to find happiness. Today is the day to start living. 

I’m so grateful for any and all support you send my way in bringing this baby of love and encouragement into the world.

What does the book cover? 

  • MIND-EXPANSION: by discovering your inherent self-worth, practicing radical acceptance, allowing yourself to be vulnerable and living more mindfully.  
  • BODY-EMBRACING: by learning to nourish, not just feed, your body, discovering how to connect through joyful movement, and learning how to advocate powerfully for your health.
  • WORLD-REVELING: by finding your cause and your service, getting outside and going beyond your comfort zone, and connecting with people and building deeper relationships.

Each chapter is told through my own personal experiences, struggles and triumphs and many chapters include my own practical practices for putting these ideas into action. 

Who is this book for? 

This is a book for anyone who wants to join in on crazy, courageous living. It’s particularly for other young adults who have been through cancer or an otherwise life-altering crisis. 

Crisis can burn us out, break us down, traumatize us and leave us feeling deflated. But crisis also makes us more resilient, break us open and leave us ready for the kind of deep healing that courageous living can provide. 

Whether your crisis is cancer, death, divorce, career-related, illness or existential, you will be able to relate to the universal challenges that many of us face when dealing with life-altering changes. 

How The Courage Club supports the Young Adult Cancer Movement

The young adult cancer movement has been critical to me in rebuilding my life after my cancer diagnosis. The people I have met in that movement have inspired me and the organizations dedicated to this cause have changed my life. Because of this, I am donating* 10% of sales of this book to two of my favorite Young Adult Cancer organizations: First Descents, and Stupid Cancer. It is my sincere hope that this book will help other young adults with cancer and that the proceeds will go towards changing, even more, lives. 

*In accordance with Kickstarter rules no funding from this Kickstarter will go directly towards any non-profit organization. The donation will come from book sales. 

How far along is the book? 

A full manuscript is complete and is currently undergoing edits by the wonderful editors at Difference Press. The eBook will be launched on Amazon on July 7th with the paperback version launching in the months to follow. 

The Publishing Process 

Finding the right publisher is super important and I am thrilled to be working with Difference Press. Difference Press specializes in supporting authors who are looking to build a movement with their message. 

Difference Press is an “equi-publishing” company, which is half-way between traditional and self-publishing. With Difference Press, I get incredible expertise in developmental editing, copy editing, cover design, printing, and distribution and I get to maintain total creative control, the copyright over my work and 100% of the royalties. However, I am still responsible for some of my own costs. 

My Kickstarter Goals 

I am raising $20,000 to fund all aspects of the editing, publishing, printing, and distribution. 

Budget Breakdown 

  • Editing, Publishing and Printing: $13,000 
  • Outreach and Marketing: $3,000 
  • Distribution: $1,000 
  • Kickstarter and Bank Fees: $2,000 
  • Kickstarter Video: $500 
  • Unexpected: $500 

More About the Rewards 

Digital High Five

You'll get five high-resolution images to turn your social media presence into an inspiration machine!

Cookbook

This cookbook I've pulled together includes over 50 plant-based recipes that make healthy eating crazy delicious. It includes juices, smoothies, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts. Each recipe is adaptable to a variety of dietary restrictions including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, nut-free and refined sugar-free. Some of my favorites include crispy zucchini fries, vegan Pad Thai, lemon loaf, vegan red velvet cupcakes and peanut butter tagalong bars!

Inspirational Mixtape

We all need a little inspiration some days. Your mixtape will come in the form of an online playlist and will include a mix for dancing it out as well as one for when a relaxing mood booster is what's in order.

Safe & Vital Kit 

We all want the products we buy to keep our homes clean, keep us looking good and keep us healthy but it can feel impossible to do all the research required to know which products are safe. That’s why I'm here to help! I've done extensive research on the topic and created a two-part Safe & Vital Kit. 

One part general, one part personal.  

Part 1: I deliver you a guide of recommendations for the safest products in the following categories: sunscreen, laundry detergent, makeup, deodorant, dish soap, nail polish and more!

Part 2 (Optional): You let me know your most used personal care (make-up, shampoo, hairspray, deodorant, etc.) or cleaning products, and I deliver back an assessment of how safe each product is to you and your family, including a breakdown on its impact on allergies, cancer, and our hormones. I will also provide recommendations for safer alternatives if need be.

Speech 

I am an experienced public speaker and have given speeches and facilitated discussions at a number of venues including fundraisers, conferences, and community gatherings. Here is the speech I gave at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Frederick. 

Stock an Oncology Unit with 50 Books

You work in a cancer center, a clinic, a health center, a community group or a religious organization and know that there are young adults who could benefit from the messages of this book. This reward provides paperback books at 20% of the retail price and gets them out months before they'll be available in bookstores.

Fund a Courageous Adventure

The Courage Club is about embracing life and what better way to embrace life than to go on an adventure? This reward will allow us to send up to five young adults on an adventure of their choosing. Applications can be found here and will be accepted now through September 1. Making wishes come true for cancer patients isn't just for kids anymore. 

Gift the Courage Club to 500 Young Adults with Cancer

This reward will get the Courage Club into the hands of the young people who need it the most. We have hand selected cancer, health care and community centers across the country to receive copies of these books to give away or lend to young adults confronting cancer. Help more young people find courage and fill libraries across the country with messages of hope! This reward provides paperback books at 20% of the retail price and gets them out months before they'll be available in bookstores.

Praise

"I often tell my clients that true health is the ability to find comfort with yourself, regardless of the circumstances. By that definition, there's wellness even in the face of very scary cancer. Katie, who has been defiantly standing up to her aggressive breast cancer, and her wonderful partner, Andrew, have been confronting that way of life head on. Katie's written a book about her experiences, and I promise you're going to want to read this. She's a truly talented writer who knows how to write honestly about the deep pain and trauma of going through a grave illness without sugar coating it, and yet still have it come out as an affirmation of life.  The world *needs* this book and this kind of emotional honesty."
- Clare Kelly, Yoga Health Coach

"A woman who inspires me every single day wrote an amazing book and we can all help it reach the world. You don't have to have met her in person to have your life totally changed by her (although knowing her IRL makes her even more inspiring, beautiful, lovable, courageous, and human.)" 
- Erica M. Hart, Host and Director of "Mindful American"

About Katie

Katie Campbell is a Stage 4 cancer thriver and award-winning, writer, speaker, and advocate for the young adult cancer movement. She has a passion for connecting with and advocating on behalf of fellow young adult cancer survivors and fighters.  

Katie was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in the fall of 2013 at the age of 30. After a year of traditional treatments and a few months of remission, Katie’s cancer returned as Stage 4. Ever since Katie has been dedicated to living her life as much as possible, going on as many adventures as she can and speaking up about the challenges facing thirty-somethings with cancer.  

Since her diagnosis, Katie has been crafting raw and honest accounts of her journey on her own blog. She has also shared her own journey as a speaker in a variety of venues including First Descents’ annual fundraiser, and the Association of Oncology Social Work conference. 

In her professional life, she is a Food Rights Policy Manager for an international development non-profit called ActionAid USA. Her job has taken her to Africa many times, a continent that includes many of her favorite people and places. Katie lives in Frederick, Maryland with her cockapoo Lucy and her husband Andrew. She’s a sci-fi fantasy nerd, loves to rock climb, was once a part-time wedding photographer, has been dabbling in graphic design since she was 16, runs her own Etsy shop and is a vegan who secretly loves macaroni and cheese.

Risks and challenges

The eBook launch is scheduled for July 7th and my publisher and I are both 100% committed to that date so there should be no delays there.

There should not be but could always be delays in getting the print book complete and getting the books distributed as life and technical difficulties always happen.

While my current treatment regimen keeps me relatively healthy I am a person living with a chronic and life-threatening illness. There is a chance that should my health take a turn for the worse, I would not be able to deliver on all of these rewards. If that were the case I would do my very best to find an alternative solution or reward for you.

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    DIGITAL HIGH FIVE

    You’ll get EXCLUSIVE UPDATES about the campaign and book launch PLUS a bundle of 5 digital pieces of art that will turn your computer, Facebook page and Instagram feed into a digital bumper sticker of audaciousness!

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    FIRST EDITION E-BOOK + EXCLUSIVE INSIDER GOODIES

    You’ll receive an early addition of the E-BOOK and an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT on the book’s website, in addition to all of the above.

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    THE FIRST EDITION PAPERBACK + E-BOOK

    In addition to all of the above, you’ll get your hands on the FIRST EDITION PAPERBACK of The Courage Club, in addition to all of the above. Perfect for anyone who loves flipping through pages, underlining or folding corners down and filling up bookshelves. Also great to give as a gift for someone you love who could use a literature-hug. All books will be signed with love and delivered with care by November 2016.

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    COURAGE CLUB E-BOOK BUNDLE

    This bundle will get you started on the path to true connection with yourself and your world. The bundle includes a MEDITATION MIX with simple meditations to set your heart and mind at ease, an INSPIRATIONAL MIXTAPE with all of my favorite pick-me-up, belt-it-out songs, and an awesome COOKBOOK full of plant-based, nutritious-AND-delicious goodness including snacks, meals, smoothies, desserts and more!

    You will get all of that in addition to the E-BOOK, the DIGITAL HIGH FIVE, an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT on the book’s website, plus EXCLUSIVE UPDATES.

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    COURAGE CLUB BOOK RELEASE PARTY TICKET, PLUS PAPERBACK!

    This will be an exclusive magical evening of delight hosted at my house in Frederick, MD on November 5th when the book is expected to print. Vegan dinner will be served, along with fun and healthy non-alcoholic party drinks, and we will tell stories, toss books in the air, and laugh our audaciously alive heads off.

    In addition to this you’ll also receive the E-BOOK, PRINT BOOK, the BOOK BUNDLE, the DIGITAL HIGH FIVE, an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT on the book’s website and EXCLUSIVE UPDATES.

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    ONE-ON-ONE WITH THE AUTHOR

    You get ONE HOUR of the author’s undivided and oh-so-excited attention via phone or Skype! Any topic is up for grabs including but not limited to HOW TO EAT for optimal wellness, how to switch to (or dabble in) a PLANT-BASED DIET, my experience with INTEGRATIVE ONCOLOGY, CANCER PREVENTION ideas, how to be your own HEALTH ADVOCATE, how to use MINDFULNESS as part of healing or crisis recovery, how to plan a killer VACATION ON A BUDGET, how I WROTE A BOOK in three months, TRAUMA and illness, OR anything else you want to discuss!

    In addition to this you’ll also receive the E-BOOK, PRINT BOOK, the BOOK BUNDLE, the DIGITAL HIGH FIVE, an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT on the book’s website and EXCLUSIVE UPDATES.

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    THE SAFE & VITAL KIT

    With this kit you’ll receive a CUSTOMIZED PLAN for keeping you and your family safe & vital. I'll share with you my recommendations for the safest, best for your body and your environment for all kinds of home and personal care products such as sunscreen, make-up, deodorant, laundry detergent, dish soap and more. Additionally, you'll have the option to send me a list of your most used products and I'll deliver back an assessment of how safe each product is to you and your family, including safer alternatives if need be.

    In addition to this you’ll also receive the E-BOOK, PRINT BOOK, the BOOK BUNDLE, the DIGITAL HIGH FIVE, an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT on the book’s website and EXCLUSIVE UPDATES.

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    CUSTOM AUTHOR SPEECH OR PRESENTATION

    I will come to speak to your group or organization, or at your event on any topic relevant to the book or my journey with cancer for 20-40 minutes. Each event will include 10 free print books for organizers or to give away .

    Purchaser will also receive the E-BOOK, PRINT BOOK, the BOOK BUNDLE, the DIGITAL HIGH FIVE, an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT on the book’s website and EXCLUSIVE UPDATES.

    Travel and accommodations must also be provided. Subject to scheduling.

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    STOCK A SINGLE ONCOLOGY UNIT WITH 50 BOOKS

    The average oncology unit sees 50-100 young adults with cancer a year. Make sure every patient who comes through the door of your local unit in the next year has The Courage Club to turn to in their hard and uncertain moments.This reward provides paperback books at 20% of the retail price and gets them out months before they'll be available in bookstores.

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    ONE NOURISHING NIGHT

    A personal chef and I will cook up a delicious vegan meal for you and 9 of your closest friends (limit to 10 people total). I have been working as a sustainable food policy expert for almost ten years and have put in hundreds of hours researching the best foods for optimal health and illness prevention. We’ll dive into deep conversation and rich learning about how we can become more nourished by and connected to our food and our bodies.
    Location must be within an 2 hour drive of Frederick, MD.

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    DEDICATION

    I will dedicate the print edition of the book to you for your incredible generosity in making this book come to life!

    In addition to this you’ll also receive your choice of a ONE-ON-ONE SESSION or a SAFE AND VITAL KIT, a TICKET TO THE LAUNCH PARTY on November 5, 2016 in Frederick, MD, E-BOOK, 5 COPIES of the PRINT BOOK, the BOOK BUNDLE, the DIGITAL HIGH FIVE, an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT on the book’s website and EXCLUSIVE UPDATES.

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    FUND A COURAGEOUS ADVENTURE

    We’ve started the Courage Club Scholarship to create life-affirming ecstatic adventures for people 18-39 fighting cancer. Be a real life angel for a super brave young adult by funding an unforgettable, healing experience.

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    GIFT THE COURAGE CLUB TO 500 YOUNG ADULTS WITH CANCER

    With this reward, you’ll ensure that the message of The Courage Club goes far and wide. We’ll send books all over the US, reaching 500 of the 70,000 young adults who are diagnosed with cancer this year. Spread a huge dose of love to brave 18 to 39 year olds giving it everything they've got. This reward provides paperback books at 20% of the retail price and gets them out months before they'll be available in bookstores.

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