October 15, 2014

Lose The Fear by Christine MacKenzie @CCMacKenzie1 @TerryIreneBlain #RLFblog #FightCancer

CC Mackenzie 
From Kayelle:
For three days I'm sharing stories by various authors about how they or a family member faced cancer. Reading their posts is inspiring and touching. The importance of friends and family, and having a support system is vital. From what I've read, the key to success includes being able to ask for help -- and then being willing to accept it. It's a lesson I've had in my own life during various times. I don't accept help well. It's something I fight with all the time. I'd like to think "I've got this" -- but sometimes I don't have as good a grip as I thought I did. I have a friend who's dealing with cancer right now. My business partner's brother just died from cancer. It affects all of us. Reading these helps me understand better. I hope I'm even half as good a friend as those you'll read about in this series.
I'm presenting these as an opportunity for the authors to share their real life stories, as well as their fictional ones. Links to follow the authors and to purchase their books are provided.
Today's authors are Terry Irene Blain and Christine MacKenzie. Jump to the end for info on how you can help purchase mammogram equipment.


The Only Negative Terry Irene Blain

I had surgery for breast cancer in June of 2013, followed by chemo and radiation and currently on a hormone therapy. All this is part of the clinical trial to see if chemo is really necessary for the type of cancer I had. This is the positive as this maybe help not only my daughters-in-law but my granddaughter.
The chemo really wiped me out, but fortunately my husband was there to take care help me out as all the energy just left me. The doctor always commented on my positive attitude. How could I not have a positive attitude when I had the support of my husband, our kids are grown and on their own. I saw so many others who were worse off than I; how could I complain? Women who still were trying to work, or had small children. Or on their second go round of chemo. I felt lucky.
I wasn't able to do much writing while on chemo as I had absolutely no energy. When chemo finished and during radiation I started to do more. Finally able to go grocery shopping instead of sending my husband with a list. Also started to get back to the computer and do some writing. Going to my RWA Chapter meeting and talking to other authors was uplifting. Friends are great at helping you out.
It's taken me about a year to feel like I'm back to normal. To top it off, my annual mammogram was good. So I'm now an official survivor. The only negative? I've never liked the color pink. But you can't have everything.
Terry Irene Blain

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Looking for thrills, practical Sarah signs up to be a schoolteacher on a western movie set and gets more than she’s looking for with cowboy stuntman Kit Stewart, adventure with a capital A.
Her Cowboy
He was tall and whipcord lean, just like a hero out of the old movies that were her favorites. His grey hat was pushed back on his head, revealing again that curly dark blond hair. Today he wore no chaps, but that didn’t stop her from instinctually checking out his backside. Nothing like Levi’s and boots to make a man look manly.

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About the Author

Sarah's Cowboy
Terry Irene Blain was lucky enough to grow up in a large Midwestern family with a rich oral tradition. As a child she heard stories of ancestors' adventures with Indians, wildlife, weather and frontier life in general, so she naturally gravitated to the study of history and completed a BA and MA then taught the subject at the college level. Married to a sailor, now retired, she's had the chance to live in various parts of the country as well as travel to foreign places such as Hong Kong, Australia, England and Scotland.
Escape to the West with a romantic adventure
"Thank you so much, Kayelle, for having me on your blog today to highlight such a worthwhile cause.
When a woman hears the words 'You have Breast Cancer'. The first thing that hits her is how immensely powerful the word, Cancer, actually is. Dealing with the shock, and then immediately telling my mother, my daughters, was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Then we're caught up in the whirlwind of surgical appointments, the surgery itself, the outcome of tests, and it sometimes feels as if we're trapped on a roller coaster and can't jump off.
Three years and a mastectomy later, and I'm truly blessed to be cancer free. People ask me how I remained so upbeat and positive. My response is that I didn't have a choice! But the real answer is that cancer did me the biggest favor of my life. My secret dream was 'One Day' to be a writer, a romance writer. However, in spite of winning competitions, receiving positive feedback, the fear of not being good enough always held me back.
The day I was diagnosed with breast cancer was the day I lost the fear of failure. And I also realized that 'One Day' may never come unless I grabbed every opportunity that came along. Eight books later, with eleven more in the pipeline, I've never been happier.
And this is where I come to the two young women who inspired me to write, The Fall of Jacob Del Garda. Two years ago, I was sitting in my breast surgeon's waiting room. Sitting next to me were twins, girls aged twenty-three, blonde and gorgeous. They were laughing and joking with each other, and I assumed they were there offering support to a mother or even a grandmother. It didn't occur to me that breast cancer would be an issue for them. So we got chatting, and it became clear that one of the girls had undergone a double mastectomy six months before, and she'd just been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. The positive way she was dealing with such a blow, truly inspired me. Then her sister told me how she, too, was about to undergo a bilateral double mastectomy after genetic testing revealed that the twins carried the BRCA1/2 gene mutation. But surely they were too young? After a long chat with my surgeon, I realized that diagnosing breast cancer in women under thirty-five using traditional mammogram technologies was extremely difficult due to the tissue density of young breasts. What was needed were the new digital mammograms manufactured by Siemens. Our local hospital was in the process of raising money for a new mammogram suite. I remember promising my doctor I would write a story about twins who were dealing with BRCA1/2 genetic mutation. And that the proceeds of the book would go towards the cause.
And so The Fall of Jacob Del Garda is out now. All author royalties from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, GooglePlus, Smashwords, received during the month of October will be donated to the appeal.
And on an update on the twins - they're both well and married to two wonderful men. How's that for A Happy Ever After! I couldn't write a better ending myself.

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The Fall of Jacob Del Garda
Twin sisters - twice the trouble
Twelve months after disappearing from Jacob's life, the woman who broke his heart, supermodel Gabriella Dolman, is back. But things have changed. Now Gabriella is a photographer - still fabulously beautiful - but no longer glamorous, and no longer looking for love. Though Gabriella claims she just wants to move on without him, Jacob's pretty certain that her reaction to their red-hot kisses implies otherwise.
Tobin Gillespie believes in taking a stand, and he never turns his back on a challenge. So when his work as a PR guru brings research scientist Sophie Dolman back into his life, her obnoxious behavior and lethal put downs aren't enough to put him off - quite the reverse. And the more they clash, the more determined he is to break down the wall around her heart and claim it for his own.

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World-wide October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. All author royalties earned by The Fall of Jacob Del Garda for the month of October will be donated to an appeal for a digital mammogram that detects changes in breast tissue for women aged 20-40. Please share.

Buy This Author's Book - Help Purchase Mammograms

World-wide October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. All author royalties earned by The Fall of Jacob Del Garda for the month of October will be donated to an appeal for a digital mammogram that detects changes in breast tissue for women aged 20-40. Please share.


  1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories this week. I appreciate you being here.

    1. Thank you so much for having me, Kayelle!

  2. I'm lucky enough to be a fellow RWA chaptermate of Terry Blain, and I second her doctors' opinions--she carried with her such an amazing optimism and good spirits at every one of our monthly meetings, even when she was on chemo. I've been in awe of her and her indomitable spirit ever since. Terry, congratulations on officially being a cancer survivor! And bless your wonderful husband and family, too!

  3. Glad to know you're on the mend and are writing again. Sorry you had to go through this experience...and you had every right to complain! Wishing you all the best.


  4. Terry and I write for the same publishing house and her positive outlook is amazing. The "C" word is the one everyone dreads. Many thanks to these authors for sharing their own personal stories.

  5. Thank you for telling your story! It is an inspiration to other women who may be going through this right now.
    Best, Emily MIms


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