Antoinette Martin believed herself to be a healthy and sturdy woman—that is, until she received a Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer is scary enough for the brave, but for a wimp like Martin, it was downright terrifying. Martin had to swallow waves of nausea at the thought of her body being poisoned, and frequently fainted during blood draws and infusions. To add to her terror, cancer suddenly seemed to be all around her. In the months following her diagnosis, a colleague succumbed to cancer, and five of her friends were also diagnosed.
Though tempted, Martin knew she could not hide in bed for ten months. She had a devoted husband, daughters, and a tribe of friends and relations. Along with work responsibilities, there were graduations, anniversaries, and roller derby bouts to attend, not to mention a house to sell and a summer of beach-bumming to enjoy. In order to harness support without scaring herself or anyone else, she journaled her experiences and began to e-mail the people who loved her: the people she called My Everyone. She kept them informed and reminded all to ‘hug everyone you know’ at every opportunity. Reading the responses became her calming strategy. Ultimately, with the help of her community, Martin found the courage within herself to face cancer with perseverance and humor.
Cancer is a topic that many of us will avoid discussing because Cancer has touched virtually all of us in some way and so it takes the brave few who have been affected to discuss it and Hug Everyone You Know is about Cancer and in particular, the author’s experience with it. Hug Everyone You Know is a poignant and profound memoir written by the incredibly talented author, Antoinette Truglio Martin and throughout Hug Everyone You Know she will take her readers on a moving journey that will surely move and touch readers from start to finish. Hug Everyone You Know is mostly a memoir; however, it is in part a medical book thanks to the discussion of Cancer and all the factual information Martin explores about it. This is one of the many qualities that drew me to Hug Everyone You Know but what also drew me in is the fact that an abundance of positivity is laced throughout Hug Everyone You Know which is incredibly important. What I wish to write for the moment is that Hug Everyone You Know is indeed a stunning memoir and should not be missed; Martin’s story is, of course, heartbreaking at times but it is mostly inspiring and will generate awareness not only on breast Cancer but what happens during the process of fighting it. Hug Everyone You Know is a profoundly moving memoir and so I already have to recommend this gem of a book but if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more!
Hug Everyone You Know will introduce the reader to the author of the book, Antoinette Truglio Martin who throughout her book will take her readers on the journey she experienced when she fought breast cancer. Martin was a healthy woman; however, she was one day diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer and her world crashed around her and matters were only made worse because many of her friends were also diagnosed following the months of her own diagnoses. Martin, however, decided that she was not going to let it beat her and decided to fight against it incredibly hard and this was helped by her support system. Martin understood that she needed help to get her through her cancer struggle and so she would journal her experienced in emails to those she loved and their responses are what kept her going. The reader throughout Hug Everyone You Know truly will be taken on an incredible journey full of highs and lows, and so it really should not be missed.
The journey the reader encounters at times is incredibly hard hitting and upsetting, but it is also very inspiring thanks to Martin’s grit and determination to fight the Cancer and even slightly funny at times thanks to Martin’s spirit and personality. The journey the reader is taken on really is an incredibly poignant one and gives the reader a first-person perspective on what it really is like to have Cancer and what happens throughout all of the treatments. As well as this the reader will also learn how support is the best medicine and can help somebody fight Cancer.
Martin is a phenomenal woman who not only impressed me with her flawless literature and incredible personality. Martin is most undoubtedly passionate about spreading awareness about Breast Cancer, and she is doing great work to do this thanks to this book of hers which spreads awareness wonderfully. Martin is a fighter, and her incredible determination will resonate and inspire many readers who choose to read Hug Everyone You Know, and she is most certainly a person that never gave up. Martin instead kept fighting even through the incredibly difficult parts and looked beyond the Cancer, and that is so inspiring to me.
Martin’s story will speak volumes to many readers, particularly those that have breast Cancer, any form of Cancer or are in recovery. This is because Martin’s story is an inspiring one because Martin is incredibly positive as well as optimistic. Martin is the type of woman that does not stop, even when life tries to stop you in your tracks and these are qualities and attributes that will inspire those that have an, and that was amazing to me.
Overall Hug Everyone You Know is an informative, well-written memoir with words that flow beautifully throughout, I have no choice but to award this stunning book a brilliant five stars. If you are a reader who loves memoirs with a purpose and want to be informed on Cancer and what it really is like to live with it and find support, then Hug Everyone You Know is for you and will be a perfect read so please do not miss out!
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