“While this may be a hard ruthless battle, I will be victorious. I will prevail over this disgusting disease; it cannot stop me from living my life. Screw you Cancer, you are nothing to me. With my team assembled I am ready to battle. I stand at the front of my army, but I do not stand alone in this combat ... they will not let me falter – we are an unstoppable force, and Cancer doesn’t realize who it’s messed with this time...”
By age 23 Sheri Nocelli had experienced more than most people do in a lifetime. After falling in love at age seventeen with a man nineteen years older, living in poverty while growing a marriage, having two young children, starting a successful business and beating all odds - she almost lost everything when she was diagnosed with a rare and deadly form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Prescribed intense chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, she won the battle over Cancer. Her weapons of choice? A smile, a positive outlook and a rock n’ roll attitude!
“My hope is that my story and experiences can help someone going through a similar battle or rough time in their life, and to help caregivers and people who are healthy to understand what it’s really like from the eyes of the Cancer patient. I want to share my story of survival, to spread hope to those who need it – and show the world that you can survive this, no matter how grim the diagnosis – and come out a stronger, better, whole version of yourself.”
“My life’s plan was to be thrown through the mill, so that I could emerge this different, stronger version of the woman I used to be...”My life’s plan was to be thrown through the mill, so that I could emerge this different, stronger version of the woman I used to be...”
JULY 1, 2013
At the age of 23 years old, Sheri Nocelli thought she had it all; a dream marriage, two beautiful children, a comfortable home and a thriving business. On March 23, 2008 she was diagnosed with a very rare and deadly form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia which threatened everything, bringing her life to a screeching halt. After four rounds of intensive Chemotherapy and having a bone marrow transplant, she has survived the illness with her head held high.
Now, Nocelli shares her story of survival in her memoir, “Life, Love… Leukemia”. Chronicling her battle with cancer, she shares intimate stories and moments detailing her inpatient hospital stays and how she balanced this with family life.
“As a young adult, I was thrown head first into the world of cancer… and I was shocked to discover a lack of resources for someone my age. Everything available was aimed at teenagers or middle age adults,” Nocelli describes. “Here I was, stuck in a hospital room with nothing and no one to relate to. I had to find my way through my experiences… which I did using my hard core, rock n roll attitude. I became a rebel patient!” She laughs, “In a good way, of course! I used my spunk to get through every day’s new battles.”
“Taking on writing this book has been a huge emotional undertaking, but I feel in my heart that sharing my experience is my life’s purpose on this planet,” explains Nocelli. “My hope is that my story and experiences can help someone going through a similar battle or rough time in their life, and to help caregivers and people who are healthy to understand what it’s really like from the eyes of the Cancer patient. I want to share my story of survival, to spread hope to those who need it – and show the world that you can survive this, no matter how grim the diagnosis – and come out a stronger, better, whole version of yourself.”
“It's been a roller coaster passionate journey writing the story as well, as I dig up vivid memories of moments that often times, I've blocked out completely up until the moment my fingers strike the keys - and when I read back my words on the screen, it's often the first time I've thought of these moments since they happened. It's a process in many ways, more than I imagined it would be, but I want the story to be as truthful and raw as possible. I don't like to sugarcoat things, but at the same time I've approached writing this book just as I would hold a conversation telling you my story, so you can really feel my emotions and experience my life through my eyes.”
“I made it a personal goal to release this book on July 22, 2013, exactly on the five year anniversary of my bone marrow transplant, as a celebration of life. I feel like I’ve been drudged through some cosmic therapy while writing this book which has been two years in the making. I often times find myself humbled by my own words; crying and laughing along with the woman I am reading about – myself. It’s been a difficult undertaking, but was worth every second of emotion I relived in order to describe detailed accounts of my battle.”
“Life, Love… Leukemia” is set to be published on July 22, 2013 to coincide with Nocelli’s five year anniversary of her bone marrow transplant. It will be available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, SheriNocelli.com as well as digitally through Kindle, Nook and iBookstore.
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""Life, Love...Leukemia" is a page turner and engages the reader in her life experiences from the very beginning. Written in a casual and conversational tone with a blog-style fashion, Sheri expresses how she pulls on every ounce of self-proclaimed "rocker" strength to successfully fight Leukemia and emerge the winner in the battle. Unabashedly, she shares her ups and her very low downs throughout the fight with Cancer. The downright honesty that is so apparent in this book keeps you moving through the story with great interest and compassion for her plight, yet admiration for her strength... It was a true dose of perspective. I am inspired by the strength that she has shown in both overcoming the cancer and secondarily but no less importantly, openly sharing her story for the benefit of others."