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Rocking the Pink: Finding Myself on the Other Side of Cancer Paperback – February 28, 2012
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I wish Laura's book was available when I battled breast cancer. It's inspirational, authentic, and incredibly humorous. She's not only a survivor, she's a thriver. Rock on, Laura, rock on!” Robin Roberts, Co-anchor, Good Morning America
About the Author
Laura Roppe is an award-winning singer-songwriter, cancer survivor, speaker, and former attorney from San Diego, California. She obtained a bachelor's degree in theater arts from UCLA, but then pursued the "family business"--she attended law school at the University of San Diego, where she graduated number two in her class, then went on to practice employment/business litigation for over a decade.
In 2008, the year of her diagnosis with triple negative breast cancer at age thirty-seven, Roppe ditched her legal career to follow her musical dreams in earnest. She won Song of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards in Hollywood in 2009. Upon the release of Roppe's second album, "I'm Still Here, " which Laura wrote during her chemo treatments, Billboard Magazine ranked her as third on its chart of the top fifty emerging artists in the world.
Roppe spends her time hanging out with her husband, two daughters, and dog, Buster, writing and singing, playing Bunco on the second Tuesday of each month with her girlfriends, and--last but not least--devising various schemes to get herself into the Copa Cabana.
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I'm a just-finished-chemo breast cancer survivor myself, and in an attempt to find perspective on my own journey through diagnosis and treatment, I've been reading alot of breast cancer memoirs. The part of me fascinated with how people deal with side effects in their every day lives wasn't satisfied by this particular view of breast cancer-- more than a cancer journey it is the story of woman's determination to break out of a corporate rut and return to her "heart" and love of connecting to people through the arts.
For example, you don't know until a third of the way through the book, after finding out about the cancer, how she met her love-of-her-life husband, the disappointment of failing to get any answers to headshots sent all over LA after a bit part in a Val Kilmer movie that she is the mother of two daughters.
From my own perspective, that of a mother trying to handle emotions about my own body, the legacy I may have passed down to my children, and the daily grind of keeping a family going when you hook yourself up to poison every two weeks, the focus on her earlier life as a college student, and then the culmination of her music dreams in a trip to the UK to make a music video wasn't as interesting to me as the actual parts where she talks about finding a doctor, her husband's research into the triple negative type of cancer she has, and the lovely, luscious feeling of her daughters climbing into bed with her and kissing her through a chemo-fog.
Cancer makes you all-too aware of how our everyday, confident selves are reduced to bags of aching flesh and blood in a blink of an eye-- the parts where the author writes about the emotional and physical crises of that are the most interesting to me.
Also it's hard not to hate her (just a tiny bit I promise) for the whole "becoming a rock star" as the reward for surviving her cancer treatment.
It's interesting to me that the last two breast cancer memoirs I read have the author making some hard decision right before they get their cancer diagnosis (the last one was "Breast Left Unsaid" where the author decides to divorce, and then there's this one where Laura decides to record a music album right before the cancer strikes). The cliche is, of course, that the cancer would be the turning point, but part of Laura's strength, I think, is in the way she portrays herself finding the courage to drop the lawyer job and embrace music before her cancer, and the cancer itself as helping break her open to be vulnerable enough to write from a place of truth as well as only putting a slight delay on her life dream.
We should all be that lucky.
Laura gives us an honest and transparent account of what its like to live your life in a career you felt compelled to choose, chuck it all for the dream of making it as a rock star, and then, just when you are about to hear your named called in the Best New Country Rock Artist of the Year category, you find yourself instead dealing with a life threatening diagnosis and debilitating cancer treatments. Yet through it all, Laura stays true to her spirit never losing her love, compassion, humor, wit, brutal honesty or rock godnessness while she deals with the fall out from breast cancer. Although I don't know Laura personally, I feel like I do, because she writes in such an intimate manner and shares many candid details with us about her personal, professional and family life (and husband Brad, what a God. Don't even get me started...)
Rocking the Pink is laugh out loud funny (think crazy beads), poignant, heartbreaking, real, but most of all inspiring. If she doesn't make it big as a rock star I hope she'd consider writing more books because she is a very talented, funny and creative writer. Most of all though, I hope and pray for her continued health and recovery.
And oh, the stories! Stories to get lost in. Characters to root for. As I finished Rocking the Pink I thought, "This is why God created language--to fill us with wonder and joy."
I bought multiple copies of this book. If you know anyone who needs a boost, Rocking the Pink will make a great gift. Life slaps us all around sooner or later. Laura shows us how to slap back.