Tiger in the Dark starts with the journal I kept for nine months while I dealt with my cancer diagnosis (a rare sarcoma) in the midst of my first pregnancy at the age of 25.
It takes you along on the emotional roller-coaster ride that is diagnosis and treatment of a rare disease with short odds of survival, complicated by the anxiety and joy of anticipating a first baby and walking a fine line between the health of mother and child. As a successful delivery seems within grasp, a rare infection invades, an emergency C-section takes place, and my beautiful baby girl is named Gwynne before she is rushed to Neonatal Intensive Care. The news from the NICU gets more and more grim, until finally she loses her 8-1/2 hour battle for life, and I hold my baby for the first and last time. Then, day by day, step by step, you stay with me as I move through my grief and find reasons to go on, ways to cope, things to laugh about, lessons to share, hope for a future.
Back cover blurb
“The year 1985 is drawing to a close. I am 25 and pregnant with my first child, and
something just feels wrong.”
In Tiger in the Dark, Marisette Edwards-van Linden van den Heuvell shares the harrowing and yet uplifting story of her fight with cancer. Since she was 12 years old, she held two deep beliefs: that she wanted and would have children, and that she would not live to see her 30th birthday.
These beliefs remained submerged until circumstances brought them into direct conflict, when they met head on in 1985.
Well into her first pregnancy, an odd and unexpected ache in her shoulder changed her happy life. The diagnosis of this seemingly insignificant ache was one no one ever wants to hear – a rare cancer called sarcoma.
Tiger in the Dark follows Marisette’s fight with cancer compounded by her first pregnancy, which occurred at the same time. The experience, told through diary entries, is a detailed account of the emotions, setbacks and victories she bravely faced.
Cover Image by: David L. Edwards, www.DavidEdwardsArt.com.