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Book Title Again: Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists
Author:  Christine Shields Corrigan
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 256 pages
Genre:  Memoir
Publisher:  Koehler Books
Release date:  Oct 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13. My book has some profanity and one non-explicit sex scene with my husband.

"This no-nonsense debut memoir recalls Corrigan's two-time battle with cancer and takes a pragmatic approach toward guiding other patients. Candid, sagacious writing on illness and adaptation." --Kirkus Reviews

  Book Description:

A breast cancer diagnosis at forty-nine forces Christine Shields Corrigan, a wife, mom, and meticulous list-maker, to confront her deepest fears of illness, death, and loss of control as she struggles to face cancer again. From the discovery of a “junky” cyst, to chemotherapy and surgery, sleepless nights filled with rosaries and “what ifs,” and shifting family dynamics, her adult experience mirrors her teen bout with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with one exception—she no longer has parents keeping her in the dark.

With the ghosts of cancer past hovering around her, Chris falls into the same overprotective traps her taciturn Irish-Catholic parents created, striving to keep her family’s life “normal,” when it is anything but, and soldiering through on her own, until a neighbor’s unexpected advice and gift move her to accept others’ help. With fierce honesty, poignant reflection, and good humor, Chris shares a journey filled with sorrow, grace, forgiveness, and resilience, as she winds her way through cancer for the second time. Again offers practical guidance and hope to individuals that they have the strength to forge a path beyond a diagnosis.

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Guest Post
How Not to Tell Your Children You Have Cancer

By: Christine Shields Corrigan

 Telling children that a parent has cancer is one of the most difficult things a newly diagnosed parent must face. Chapter Six in Again: Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists addresses this subject, and it was the hardest chapter to write because I did it so incredibly poorly.

At first blush, a parent's instinct may be to avoid telling the children in order to protect them. In 1981 when I was a teenager diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, my parents didn’t tell me that I had cancer, but that I had a blood disease. This left me bewildered every time I had radiation therapy in a hospital filled with very sick children. I couldn’t understand why I had to come this hospital when I didn’t feel sick and only had a “blood disease.”

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, my husband and I decided that we would tell our children when we had all of the relevant information—diagnosis, treatment plan, prognosis—so that we would be on the same page. It seemed like a good plan at the time. In 2016, our children were ages 19, 15 and 10—a freshman in college, a freshman in high school and a fifth-grader.

In my head, I thought that we share the information during a family dinner. My husband and I would let the kids ask their questions, answer them as best we could, and cry about the news together. Despite our best intentions, it didn't work out as I'd hoped; our college-aged daughter felt betrayed and hurt when my husband told her that I had breast cancer when I was one hundred miles away from home at a swim meet with my high school son.

In retrospect, my plan to share the information at one time made a difficult and stressful time much harder. If I had it to do over again, instead of trying to control the narrative, I would have shared the information as I received it, particularly with my college-aged daughter and teenage son.


Meet the Author: 

Christine Shields Corrigan is a two-time cancer survivor, wife, mom, and author of Again: Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists. In addition to Again , Chris has published a number of lyrical and practical essays where she gives voice to the beautiful ordinary. Her work about family, illness, writing, and resilient survivorship has appeared in anthologies, magazines, and other publications including, The Brevity Blog, Grown & Flown, Horn Pond Review, The Potato Soup Journal and Anthology, Purple Clover,, Wildfire Magazine, and the Writer’s Circle 2 Anthology.

Chris’ essay, “Not Back to But Forward,” about how her cancer experiences helped her cope with COVID-19 is included in (Her)oics: Women’s Lived Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic (edited by Joanell Serra and Amy Roost), an anthology that draws together the stories of 52 women across the US during the Covid-19 pandemic (March 2021). A graduate of Manhattan College and Fordham University School of Law, Chris built a successful career as a labor and employment law attorney and as a legal writer and editor. After surviving cancer in midlife, Chris became a freelance writer. She also teaches creative nonfiction writing for an adult education program, provides writing workshops for cancer support groups, and is the chair of the programming committee of the Morristown Festival of Books. She lives in New Jersey with her family.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook ~ instagram

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