Hi there. I'm Shelly Straub. Thanks for checking out the Kickstarter campaign for my first book, A Tale of 2 Boobies: One Year With Cancer. It means everything to me that you're here. Please read on.
This has been a healing journey for me and I know the process isn't over. I remember just after hearing that I had cancer, my better half took me to Barnes N Noble so I could search for a book to read that would help me understand. I am now writing the book that I wished I could have found. There is a plethora of available reference books and cancer stories from other survivors, but none that put the order of one full year after diagnosis into an organized perspective that I could understand. And better yet, with photos that showed the true devastation of the treatment and actual changes of the body, such as breast and hair!
My story can be summed up very well in a letter I wrote to cancer...
If there is one thing I have learned, it is that ‘YOU are not the enemy.’
Cancer kills. That statement alone would lead anyone to believe that you are the devil in disguise or the terrorist that needs to be taken down. However we choose to view it, you are an invader and one thing is for certain – no one wants to be on the opposing side of you.
I am not one of those people that will say how grateful I am that you came into my life because I have a whole new positive perspective now that you have given me a brush with death. No, not me. I am not grateful, I am angry. I am grateful for my anger. The anger has given me the strength to fight you.
Since you walked into my life one year ago, I have driven to over 70 doctors appointments, have had 3 surgeries, have been poked dozens of times by numerous different medical professionals, have been physically and emotionally unwell, have been unable to attend my children’s social functions, have lost my breasts and my hair, and I have become an incredibly insecure person whom I do not recognize.
One year ago, a nurse told me that my positive attitude would get me through this. I cynically thought to myself – bullshit! It’s not my mind that has the problem, it’s my body. The surgery, the chemo, the radiation, and the drugs will get me through this! Well, they certainly helped but the truth is that she was right.
One year later, after graduating from all the treatments, I am still angry at you for this terrorist invasion, but I know my worst enemy is my own mind and that if I allow you to take my sanity, you will have won. I am here to say GAME OVER. You lost, I won.
With a sarcastic wink, I say ‘Good luck to you in the future'.
Sincerely, A Survivor
My memoir, A Tale of 2 Boobies, chronicles both my experience, as well as tips and knowledge for the newly diagnosed. Also included in this book, are exclusive photos of my breasts and the transformation to implants that has taken place over this past year, which is the reason for the parental advisory label on the cover.
*** THE BOOK IS 90% COMPLETE, BUT YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS CAMPAIGN GETS IT PUBLISHED AND DISTRIBUTED.
My goal is to release the book in December 2014. It's just about ready to publish, but I need your assistance with getting to the finish line.
If you are able to pledge some money (buy the book in advance) to help fund this project, know that I am forever grateful along with the potential readers this book will impact. If you can't afford it or just don't want to, I completely understand. Please support the campaign by sharing the link to this page. I'm thankful for that too.
Your generous pledges will go to the printing, copy editing, design, and distribution of the book. The costs to produce this book include:
- Copy Editing & Proofreading: the final step is always to get a professional copy editor and proofreader to give it a final once over before going to print.
- Printing the book is the bulk of the cost.
- Distribution: This is probably the smallest line item in the budget, but there nonetheless. Amazon.com, iTunes, and copyright registration costs pertain here. There are also mailing boxes, packing tape, and a hefty amount of postage/shipping costs.
Based on your level of support, there are all sorts of different gifts in store for you. All pledges will receive some sort of reward, whether it is a copy of the book, an ebook, or recognition in the book as a survivor or supporter of a survivor.
Please remember how Kickstarter works: if we're even a dollar short of our goal, the project does NOT get funded. So, I have given a bare minimum budget. Even if we achieve the full amount before the campaign ends, some people might not be able to fulfill their pledge. That means we need a comfortable margin, above the goal amount. If we blow through the number, that just means there will be budget for me to send more books to more people!
I am thrilled to be able to share my journey and hope that it helps someone in the future. That would be the only worthwhile reward to this whole breast cancer battle.
Thank you again for being part of my journey - and my story.
Risks and challenges
The only significant challenges I face right now are funding the printing and distribution of the book. With your help, the project will be funded in time to fulfill a release of December 2014 delivery. There could be printing delays, which could pose as a risk but since I have been in the business of printing magazines and understand the process, I don't see it as a problem.
If our goal isn't reached and the project doesn't get funded, I will still release an ebook, though I very much prefer to have the printed book in hand so I am able to give it out to other cancer patients.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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