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"Find a bit of beauty in the world today.
Share it.
If you can’t find it, create it.
Some days this may be hard to do.

Lisa Bonchek Adams

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Lisa Bonchek Adams was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 at the age of 37. She began writing about her life as a legacy to leave for her family. Soon her readers, and Lisa herself, discovered she had a remarkable gift for expressing what others could not find the words to say. She helped those with cancer feel understood, and those without cancer to understand.

When Lisa died in 2015, her readers asked for a book that would bring together her most popular writings in one place.  Persevere: A Life With Cancer is a moving and inspiring portrait of what it means to live with a terminal illness. It is a guide for patients, families, friends and caregivers, written in Lisa’s unique writing style—part poetry, journal and memoir.

Lisa fearlessly addresses difficult topics such as what to say to friends and family; how to make good decisions and handle bad news; and, most importantly, how to keep going when things start to seem hopeless. 

Persevere is a book for people living with cancer and those who love and care about them.


“If you want to know what the future might be like, ask someone who has been there.”

— Lisa Bonchek Adams


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