AuthorHouse presents the second part of our interview with Fabianna Marie, self-published author of Fabulously Fighting: Living with Cancer Through Love, Laughter, and Honesty. You can read the first part of the interview in our Author Blogs section.
Fabianna, describe Fabulously Fighting for our readers.
At the age of 27, with a brand new baby and feeling as if my life was falling into place, I was handed the diagnosis of not only an autoimmune disease that was damaging my organs, but also a diagnosis of breast cancer. I felt that I was no longer in control of my life–cancer had the wheel and wasn’t letting go. We decided as a family that the disease was not going to define us. We would live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment, cancer or not. While I use the book as a memoir of my 11-plus years of battling cancer, my family and I also share our experiences and suggestions on overcoming adversity through honest discussion, laughing as much as possible, and loving each other even at the most difficult of times.
Were there any books or authors who influenced you?
I grew up reading mysteries and love stories. When I began my cancer journey, I buried myself in nonfiction works that discussed holisitc healing, raw nutrition, meditation and inspiration. I’m sure my love of romance novels as a young adult helped me to find my true knight in shining armor, my husband Dave. Never did I think I would write a book, or that it would be a memoir of my journey with cancer. I wanted to be sure that my personality, and the truth of both our relationship and our life with cancer came through on every page. Cancer is the dragon in our fairy tale but we slay it with love, laughter and honesty.
What’s the one message you’d like to convey through your book?
This book is for anyone facing adversity, and is meant to be uplifting yet honest. Although it’s centered around cancer, the message of hope and optimism while remaining realistic can appeal to anyone.
We’ll present the conclusion of our interview next week. Fabulously Fighting is available in the AuthorHouse Bookstore. For more information, check out Fabianna’s website at www.fabulouslyfighting.com. She’s also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.