Book: Come Color on My Head by Cathy Keown Loopercategories: Book, Motivational, Inspirational, Bone Marrow Transplant, Cancer Survivor, Healing, Hope, Leukemia
Cathy Keown Looperabout this book: Come Color on My Head is my personal journey through struggles in my life. I was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 28, and underwent a bone marrow transplant. Leading up to that, a lot of events happened in my life that left me without good relationships from where to draw the strength I needed to get through it. The story is about more than cancer, it also deals with broken families, heartache, rape, divorce, and loss. More than that, however, it is about hope. I survived all that and more. Sometimes I didn't think I would. Sometimes I didn't want to. I wrote the book for others who are looking for a way to survive, or just looking for a way to want to survive.
The title and cover were never a question for me. When I lost my hair to chemo, I invited my children to come color on my head. It was my attempt at taking something that could have been potentially traumatizing to them and turning it into something they would remember with laughter and fondness. I have applied that same principal to my life today. When life gets hard, and it feels like the troubles are insurmountable, I look back on that day. I look back and remember that I had that ability, and I look forward knowing that I still have that ability. I believe we all do.
Writing this book has been very healing for me. This book was written through tears many days. Reliving the pain from some of the incidents was difficult. What I found was that the pain was always there, just under the surface, and I had to expose the wounds in order to allow them to heal. Some readers won't be able to relate to my story. Some will relate in more ways than one. But I hope that all can relate to the overall message that we can all have hope.
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