(image: Trigger Publishing and Annie Belasco)
I only tend to review books that make an impact on me and that really touch my heart.
I ordered Annie’s book ‘Love and Remission’ , about her life recovering from breast cancer in her twenties and finding the love of her life. Annie and I have been connected on Twitter and she is signed to the same publisher as me so I was super excited to read her inspirational story.
When reading, I found a person of immense strength and an amazing sense of humour. Annie was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer aged just 25 years old. Her entire life was falling apart but she found a way through treatment, through the chemotherapy and radiotherapy-to put it back together. She describes what it was like for her to lose her hair and buy wigs, and to go through a masectomy and trying to feel womanly again- which she succeeded in doing. She was scared that the treatment wouldn’t work but she is now incredibly, in remission.
Annie also had mental health issues due to the trauma but talks about how she slowly overcame her anxiety to live again.
The ‘love’ part in the title refers to her now husband, who she met while undergoing treatment and who stood by her against all the odds.
I don’t want to reveal any more than that- but this book was so inspiring, so moving, so well written that I read it in just two days!
I really recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about cancer and mental health whilst being a young woman. Annies story truly blew me away- with her strength, courage and unique take on life- she is so fun loving- and really loves her friends and family.
I was so touched by this book and her story. Thank you for writing it.
(You can buy the book now by Trigger on Amazon and in bookstores).