Catch That Look
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About the Book
Sometimes, when that "other shoe" finally drops, it drops hard.
She couldn’t believe her luck. After years of living with the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis, Ann Pietrangelo was making the most of her miraculous remission – not that she didn’t expect the other shoe to drop. An accidental discovery of a lump soon led to the life-threatening diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer.
From a deeply personal perspective and told in riveting detail, Catch That Look explores the relationships between doctors and their patients, as well as between patients and their loved ones. With each new page, it becomes crystal clear that just as a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes, when you catch it, a look speaks volumes.
From the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis, this follow-up memoir is one that Ann never thought she would have to write. It offers the reader passionate insight into the emotional and physical turmoil of learning you have a second life-altering disease – and what it means to be a true survivor.
For Ann and her husband, Jim, the diagnosis would test their “living, laughing, and loving despite” mindset. Would they pass this test?
With foreword by Diane Radford, MD, FACS, FRCSEd, surgical oncologist and breast surgeon at Mercy Clinic St. Louis Cancer & Breast Institute.
About the Author
Making peace with multiple sclerosis, surviving triple-negative breast cancer, and continuing to pursue a career as a freelance writer...well, let's just say she's fairly stubborn and has a well-developed sense of humor.
Ann is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She and her husband, Jim, are partners in WebCamp One, LLC, a full-service website development and content creation company. Their philosophy is a simple one: LIVE while you're here and give back when you can.
"Where the road leads, for now, is a mystery. I'm just grateful to be on the road." -- Ann Pietrangelo
A Few Words from the Author
I vowed to myself, and to all who inquired, that I would not write this book. Yet, here I am, writing a second memoir that involves my own health.
When I wrote No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis, my intention was to pull the reader inside the thought process of a person as she comes to grips with a serious health condition.
It worked. I occasionally receive emails from readers of No More Secs! Some thank me for writing it and putting into words what they were unable to express. Some say they used it to tell their loved ones what it feels like to have MS. Some tell me they simply feel less alone.
My “living, laughing, and loving despite” mindset worked well enough for multiple sclerosis, but throwing triple-negative breast cancer into the mix would test my resolve, and that of my husband.
Like No More Secs!, Catch That Look is about more than cancer. It’s a love story. Romantic love. Love of family. Love of life. It’s about LIVING while you’re here.
After the cancer diagnosis, someone attempted to comfort me by saying, “Now you’ll have more credibility as a health writer.” That’s a bit of credibility I could have lived without. Still, if my story provides a small measure of comfort to one person, it’s a story worth telling.
Snippets from our Mailbox
"The writing is excellent. Very compelling, an absolute page turner...Any cancer survivor would be interested."
"Just finished your book. I gave it a Triple E: Enlightening, Entertaining, and Encouraging."
"I received your book in the mail today. I haven't been able to put it down. Thank you for writing this....I'm passing it on to my daughter when I finish it."
"WOW Ann, you did it again. An amazing piece of writing. I was inspired yet again (now stop that) by your ability to cope with insurmountable obstacles. What bounces off each chapter is not only the knowledge you lend others but the grace in which you do it...This is not another cancer survivor story, it's a manual for the ability to live, laugh, and love ;-)...despite what life throws at you. MS & Cancer awoke your deepest gift. Thank you for sharing it with us."
"Just finished your book, truly inspirational!"
"Reading your new book. It feels like you are sitting here with me telling the story."
"Just downloaded it. I enjoyed your first book, I'm sure looking forward to reading this one."
"I downloaded it last week and I read it during our recent snow storm. Absolutely wonderful - you have such a wonderful gift of making the reader feel as if they are sharing your journey. Please keep writing!"
"Finished the book. Couldn't put it down until the very last page. I know you don't think you are brave but I disagree."
"Loved your first book, can't wait to read your second book!"