Over the past few days I started listening to those guys I pay to help promote the book and actually sat down and started going through all the apps and widgets they’ve been recommending. I guess there’s a part of me that’s still a bit lazy and at the same time taken a back by it all. This was just meant to be a pile of notes for my friend Debbie and her mom to help them deal with the shocking news that Karolyn had been diagnosed with late stage cancer just as I was wrapping up my third and final round of chemo. I was so intent on helping them prepare for all that was ahead and smoothing the road for them that it never occurred to me that this information would be useful to others, but the emotional and encouraging responses keep coming in from readers and it’s beautiful, brilliant and almost overwhelming. Karolyn passed away shortly after the book was published, but she did get a chance to read it and since she and Debbie were the forethought for it and the instigators for getting it published it seems all the more special that this book is reaching out and helping so many others.
So, why LIKE it? That was a question I had a hard time answering before now. The book itself is easy enough to like, but why LIKE a facebook page about a book on late stage cancer survival? Ok, the survival story part is cool, but the word “cancer” just makes me cringe and so I’d think “fk that”, I don’t want that depressing thing clogging up my inbox. To me, I either LIKE a facebook page out of obligation to a friend requesting or because I genuinely like their product, like Mrs. Crimbles gluten free cakes and cookies. OMG, I more than like them and I think they deserve world wide attention, so it was a no brainer. Well, I don’t want people LIKEing this page out of obligation. So, again, I ask why should anyone not on double doses of prozac LIKE a facebook page about a book on cancer survival? Because it isn’t just about a book and it isn’t just about surviving cancer. It’s a great story about a 40-something year old couch potato who got the shock of her life and decided to get up and fight. It’s an Underdog V the Dark Matter triumphant kind of feel good story for sure.
I LIKE it’s facebook page, because in a world that is inundated with reports of deaths by the hand of this disease, it’s the kind of page that attracts people with eyes wide open looking for and believing in hope, who are finding there are survivors, they are gathering there and the numbers are growing each day. It’s the kind of page that has “Monday Q&A Giveaways” where on your least favorite day of the workweek, you get an opportunity to learn something new about the advances in the fight against the disease, which makes you feel good and on top of that you get a chance to win a pretty cool prize, one that you’d actually want to use. It’s a place where survivors can go to talk about and discover new ways to improve their chances of healing some of the war wounds they’ve incurred. It doesn’t dictate how we get through. It is a place that encourages all of us whether we’ve been touched by cancer or not to be less afraid, better prepared for the bad shit that can happen and to enjoy life right here and now despite “X”, whether the “X” be cancer, a lay off, a bad breakup or your whole life’s dream was to be the first black president, but someone beat you to it. It’s says don’t let the fear of failure, regret or even death stop you from living and enjoying life. It’s a place where the author actually shows up and engages on almost a daily basis. Oh yeah, and it has cool swag.
That’s why I LIKE it and I’m going to make it my purpose to keep finding new and good reasons for you all to LIKE it, whether it’s an inspiring QnA giveaway, FREE downloads, blogs worth reading, Facebook fan exclusive swag and discounts on popular items in the regular store (like the I Kicked cancer’s Ass- beer mug), integrating the shop into the facebook page, so you never have to leave it to get the book, the swag and more…definitely more to come.
If you LIKE the page, it’ll lead you to a FREE download of the Prologue and the infamous Chapter 3 of the book, The C Card and Me. Find out for yourself how this book relates to us all. Share it with your friends. Post your thoughts on the page, engage with others. Have at it. Just know that with all good things it is limited. Once it hits 5,000 downloads the offer auto expires. Then what? Then something else cool happens…what? No, I’m not going to tell you. That would ruin the surprise~
Enjoy and thanks for being a part of this~