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About the Author
About the author A:
Marisette Edwards van-linden van den Heuvell was born in the Netherlands and is currently a Pittsburgh-based software engineer who has managed to survive 30 years longer than nature apparently intended. Today, Marisette is an avid rower, competing nationally. She is the mother of 2 sons, her pride and joy. Marisette’s love of writing is inspired by her vivid memories and in-depth research of life and family. In her own words, “Such information seems too interesting to keep to myself.”
About the author B:
Marisette Edwards-van Linden van den Heuvell was born in the Netherlands in 1960 and accidentally emigrated to the United States via Mexico with her expatriate family in the late 60’s. She completed her education in Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh. At the age of 25 she was a happily married mother-to-be when she discovered a rare form of cancer in her arm. Always an avid reader, poet, and journal writer, she responded by writing about the experience.
Marisette is 25 and in the midst her first pregnancy when she discovers a lump in her right arm. She has always had an odd belief that she won’t reach the age of 30, but this does nothing to prepare her for what is coming. Statistically, there’s a 99.9% chance that the lump is nothing but a cyst, so the surgery to remove it is more an attempt to relieve the pain it is causing than a confirmation of her premonition. Then the diagnosis of a rare and deadly sarcoma comes, and everything changes. What follows is a life and death struggle for not only Marisette’s life, but that of her unborn baby. Supported by a loving family and friends, and finding within herself a tenacity that she didn’t know she possessed, she negotiates her new reality with grace and strength, poise and humor, and just a touch of anger.
An honest memoir of facing down the dark and terrifying unknown of a dual diagnosis of pregnancy and cancer. Marisette leads us on her very personal journey – sometimes sad and sometimes surprisingly funny – of the days and nights of cancer and pregnancy. Are determination and hope enough when making life and death decisions? And how do we live with the results?