Reach for the Stars with Faith, not Fear, at Heart
Retold as an uplifting story to her two grandchildren, Dancing Cancer (published by AuthorHouse), the new children’s book by Linda McDonald, is the author’s story of survival through three separate instances of cancer, 30 years apart starting at age 3. Never one to be defeated, McDonald continued to follow her heart and chase her dreams of dancing, challenging young readers to reach with faith and not fear.
Dancing Cancer begins when Alex and Michaela come home from school to find that their grandmother, Nana, has cancer. To this revelation they ask, “What is cancer?” They are told that cancer is a serious illness, one that you cannot catch and that does not result from behaving badly, but one that causes Nana to lose her hair and endure chemotherapy treatments.
Alex wants to know more and he asks his Nana to describe her life growing up. Nana tells her grandchildren about when she was first diagnosed with cancer at age 3, and how she survived, went to school and was active as a good student, dancer and cheerleader. Most of all, Nana knew she wanted to move and dance. After 30 years, she is still pursuing her love when she is once again told that she has this serious illness. Continuing to follow the advice of doctors, Nana got plenty of exercise, ate a nutritious diet, took in fresh air and sunshine and kept a positive attitude with faith in her heart. Miraculously, she was healed and continued to follow her dancing dreams, travel and teach others about her love for movement.
It is only another 30 years after that Nana is dealt the blow that she has breast cancer. But Nana is not scared because she has faith, faith that there is good in every situation. She encourages her two grandchildren to see their own trials and problems as great opportunities, to realize that God has a special purpose for everyone and that it is their job to follow the dream that God has placed in their hearts. Offering hope and support to all those touched by cancer, Dancing Cancer can be utilized in a discussion with children about a loved one who may be afflicted with the disease while inspiring them to follow their own dreams despite adversity as the young Nana did.
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