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Book Club: Rising Strong, Commentators

Lacuna Loft book club

Meet the wonderful volunteers who are offering their comments and discussions of the book, Rising Strong by Brené Brown!  You’ll hear from an assortment of them each week, learning how they respond to each chapter of the book!  We’ll be updating this list as you hear from each of the commentators.


My name is Marnie and I am a survivor of two cancers. I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma (breast cancer) in 2012 and papillary thyroid cancer in 2015. I also live with chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndrome related to the treatments received for those diagnoses.

That initial cancer diagnosis brought me to my knees. It paralyzed me with anger and fear and destroyed my strength, confidence, and self worth. I existed in a haze, trying to figure out what “normal” was supposed to be and questioning whether I would ever get there again. Though devastating, that diagnosis also prompted me to realize life is fleeting and uncontrollable and should be lived with excitement and joy. It led me to discover my inner strength and determination to get up and move forward. It reminds me to be grateful for every new day.

I have found amazing support and connection in the young adult survivor community, which continues to help me through the ups and downs of being a cancer survivor. Because of that support and connection, I am vocal about sharing my story and fiercely passionate about helping others navigate their cancer experiences and advocate for their own wellness.

If I had a life motto, it would be “I cannot be stopped…the universe isn’t done with me yet”. I am just getting started.


Interested in joining the chorus?  Email to add your voice to the book club!

If you’re just joining us, here are some logistics:

We will talk about a chapter each Monday until the book is done.  Then, we’ll use one more Monday to talk about general feelings from the book and anything else you’d like to discuss.  Join in, in the comments every week!  At the end, we’ll have a book club discussion via video chat!  Also, there will probably be spoilers.  Read along with us!

How are you enjoying our young adult cancer book club?