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About the Author:
Antoinette Truglio Martin is a speech therapist and special education teacher by training but is a writer at heart. She is the author of Famous Seaweed Soup, and was a visiting author in schools for several years. She was formerly a regular columnist for Parent Connection (In A Family Way) and Fire Island Tide (Beach Bumming). Personal experience essays and excerpts of her memoir have been published in Bridges (2014), Visible Ink (2015), and The Southampton Review (2016). Martin proudly received her MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook Southampton University (2016). As a stage four breast cancer patient, she does not allow cancer to dictate her life. She lives in her hometown of Sayville with her husband, Matt, and is never far from My Everyone and the beaches she loves.
Antoinette Martin believed herself to be a healthy and sturdy woman―that is, until she received a Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer is scary enough for the brave, but for a wimp like Martin, it was downright terrifying. Martin had to swallow waves of nausea at the thought of her body being poisoned, and frequently fainted during blood draws and infusions. To add to her terror, cancer suddenly seemed to be all around her. In the months following her diagnosis, a colleague succumbed to cancer, and five of her friends were also diagnosed.
Though tempted, Martin knew she could not hide in bed for ten months. She had a devoted husband, daughters, and a tribe of friends and relations. Along with work responsibilities, there were graduations, anniversaries, and roller derby bouts to attend, not to mention a house to sell and a summer of beach-bumming to enjoy. In order to harness support without scaring herself or anyone else, she journaled her experiences and began to e-mail the people who loved her―the people she called My Everyone. She kept them informed and reminded all to 'hug everyone you know' at every opportunity. Reading the responses became her calming strategy. Ultimately, with the help of her community, Martin found the courage within herself to face cancer with perseverance and humor.
5.0 out of 5 starsInspirational and funny- a must-read memoir for everyone diagnosed or connected to someone with breast cancer
*****Hug Everyone You Know is a must read for any woman diagnosed with breast cancer. Friends and family should read it as well. It is an honest, inspirational at times humorous account of Antoinette’s journey with her diagnosis that provides insight into her medical treatments and the emotional impact on her “everyone” and herself. Health care professionals in related fields would also benefit from this first-hand account of Antoinette’s experience. I highly recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome Book for Anyone!
*****I was intrigued from beginning to end!
Having very little knowledge about breast cancer myself, I was taken through from beginning to end all of the different ways it affected the author throughout the process and reading the voices of loved ones in between the narative directly from their emails. I could feel every emotion.. it was so well written.
No matter who you are, I recommend this book.. it really gives further appreciation of the simple things in life and everyone you know (and you'll want to hug them ;-)
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Would make a great Christmas Gift, for that special person on your list. The time of the year for sharing and caring.
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