MAY 15

MAY 15

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

May 15

In 1994, I was on top of the world. I had just signed the largest contract in the history of the retail service industry! I had just turned 40; I had two healthy, happy sons; we were buying the house of our dreams. And then I found a lump in my breast.

Four weeks after my surgery, I awoke in the middle of the night with a vision: cartoons. I made my way to my desk, and 50 cancer-related cartoons started flowing into my head. I scribbled madly, sketching and writing, until I was exhausted.

My cartoons and “my book” became my focus as I searched for signs of humor in my treatments. The harder I looked, the more I found, and my first book, Not Now . . .I’m Having a No Hair Day! was born. Exactly one year from the day I sat in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery, I sat in my publisher’s office and signed a contract for two books about using humor as a tool to deal with a diagnosis of cancer.

Christine Clifford

With the right attitude, you can turn your
darkest hour into your life’s work.

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