You should read this book–not because I had the honor of helping Jen Smith write this book but because each of us should seek to understand and support all peoples suffering from advanced cancer–the kind that can’t be cured. Who, after all, is not affected by metastatic cancer? Who does not have a relative, a friend, or a coworker who has been diagnosed with metastatic cancer? And who hasn’t desperately wanted to know more about metastatic cancer to either help ourselves and/or those we love.
Jen Smith, author of What You Might Not Know: My Life as a Stage IV Cancer Patient, lives with a murderer. The killer has ruthlessly taken many of her friends, and forever leaves her wondering if she’ll be next. Her fear for her life is trumped only by her overwhelming concern for her beautiful young son whom she still can’t imagine leaving behind. But she has no choice. Jen has Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer.
In this book, Jen follows up on the triumphs in Learning to Live Legendary with a candid look at life with advanced cancer. She pulls back the curtain on what it’s like to live day-to-day with a terminal diagnosis. You’ll share her fear, her heartbreak, her uncertainty — even her guilt. You’ll even feel the impact of Jen’s disease on her friends and family, as they articulate their own reactions to metastatic cancer. From mothering to grieving to simply freaking out, Jen and her loved ones provide a raw and unflinching look at What You Might Not Know.
Advanced Praise for What You Might Not Know: My Life as a Stage IV Cancer Patient
Jen’s encouragement to fully experience the human condition and to live while dying is inspiring.
–Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW, Breast Cancer Survivor, Advocate, & Writer
Jen Smith is one of those AMAZING people who cares SO MUCH about sharing her story – the good and the bad – to help and empower others in the fight!! She always keeps a positive attitude, and she is a TRUE INSPIRATION to everyone out there touched by cancer! Our team loves her – DEARLY!!!!
–Jonny Imerman, Founder, Imerman Angels
We need more women like Jen Smith to educate us about the realities of living with metastatic breast cancer at a young age.
–Jody Schoger, Breast Cancer Survivor, Advocate, and Writer
Exiled to Cancerland, Jen Smith is a brave and reliable guide through tough, heartbreaking terrain.
–Joanna Chapman, Author of Divine Secrets to the Ta-Ta Sisterhood: Pledging the Pink Sorority
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