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My Porcelain Doll Paperback – September 4, 2013
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About the Author
Sherry has been blogging since the day her daughter received her cancer diagnosis. Sherry's desire to share Heather's story and reach out to other families dealing with cancer led her to write this memoir. Sherry is a homemaker by profession and also a wife, mother and "Mimi" who resides in Arizona. This is her first book.
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Author Agatha Cristie said, "A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." The love of a mother Cristie's referring to is best exemplified by author Sherry Anne Coombe through her memoir, "My Porcelain Doll".
Coombe's first book is a poignant tribute to her late daughter Heather, and a moving memoir about walking side by side with her daughter through her struggles and triumphs in fighting cancer. She traces and looks back at the journey they shared through the toughest times and the sweetest moments they had. She remembers and gets inspiration from the words of her daughter which says:
"Then came a bunch of words like aggressive, really bad, tumor, spinal taps and on and on. Of course it still didn't sink in how bad he thought it was until he started talking about transplant team and City Of Hope. I knew then I was a really sick lil gal. I think that was the first time I was really, truly scared that it might be too late" ~Heather Coombe
This book is a closer look at blood cancer, a number one killer in the world today but is mentioned very little, with treatments at a slow speed of advancement. The author wants to stress that cancer in children is the number one killer of parent's precious treasures and more needs to be done for research of this deadly disease. Presented with nearly 100 photos of her and her daughter, Coombe's work tells a very personal, vivid description of what it is like to be a mother and watch her daughter go through cancer, and give a face to the names.
"My Porcelain Doll" mirrors Coombe's intimate and genuine love for her daughter. This literary work is a moving, inspiring story of hope, joy, sadness and letting go that only a mother could write. It has the ability to move hearts and inspire all mothers and children out there.
About the Author
Sherry Anne Coombe has been blogging since the day her daughter received her cancer diagnosis. Coombe's desire to share her daughter Heather's story and reach out to other families dealing with cancer led her to write this memoir. She is a homemaker by profession, and also a wife, mother and a Mimi. She currently resides in Arizona. "My Porcelain Doll" is her first book.
Frustrated that she "could not find many true-life stories written by survivors about blood cancer", Sherry set out to tell Heather's and her story as only a very passionate woman/mother/blog writer/cancer treatment researcher could. The reader will learn everything you ever wanted to know about blood cancer chemotherapy and both common and rare complications (Sherry helpfully provides her-very-own-words Glossary of Terms). She does not shy away from telling-it-like-it-is, the ups and downs of living in a hospital setting: scenes veer from uplifting celebrations; to solitude and boredom; to helpless frustration; and to crisis-induced panic--for weeks at a time.
This is a very fast read because of Sherry's natural ebullience and skill as a writer. This is absolutely a must-read for patients, families and medical professionals, particularly because it informs decision-making for anyone in a similar situation. Even if, like me, you are not embarking on a cancer journey, this is a heart-warming love story from beginning to end. Thank you Sherry!