This is not just another cancer story. While it does describe the process of diagnosis and surgery, chemo and radiation, this isn't the essential message. This is about facing the threat of terminal illness every day for ten years and more, about the emotional toll on family, career and marriage. It's about finding a balance between living for medication and medicating to live. Alternately tender and brutal, angry and jubilant, this honest, little book is at heart a love story between two people hoping only to grow old together.

     - Nancy Ebel, Teacher, writer, cancer survivor



Elizabeth and Patrick's work is a chronicle of love, perseverance and resilience through their 10 years of living with breast cancer. Responding to the optimistic and frightening twists of their journey, while pursuing their daily tasks and dreams, is inspirational. The reader wonders if he/she has the resolve to embrace the life they lead.

     - Daniel A. Siegel, ACSW, LCSW, CASAC, SAP



This is a piercing story of couple's courage and tenacity in the face of metastatic breast cancer. Elizabeth and Patrick vividly describe the journey as they struggle to live with "diligent joy." Their focus on hope and life is inspiring. For those who live with or love someone with cancer, the Kerns bravely offer us a window into the challenges, triumphs, and losses in dealing with this illness.

     - Kathleen Bollerud, Ed. D., Licensed Psychologist



Book profits go to the
Benedictine Hospital
Oncology Support Program