Hug Everyone You Know: a Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer

The Latest Blurb (6/14/17)

“Filled with fresh air, light, and life, Hug Everyone You Know is an intimate conversation with an intelligent, funny survivor. The voice rings true, and the insights resonate well beyond the cancer moment. Highly recommended.”
-Joni Rodgers; New York Times bestselling author of Bald in the Land of Big Hair


My memoir will be published in October 2017.  Stay tuned to all of the adventures leading up to the big event.

Back cover description:

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.



“This is a great story: inventive, informative, and irresistibly readable. Quite an accomplishment when the subject is cancer. Brava.”
―Odette Heideman, Editor, Epiphany Magazine


Hug Everyone You Know beautifully captures the terror and anxiety― the awkwardness and humor―that follow a diagnosis of breast cancer, and the salvation found in the love and support of family and friends.”

―Andrew Botsford, Editor and Visiting Professor, Stony Brook Southampton University


April 1, 2017 UPDATE:

Amazon and Barnes and Noble have Hug Everyone You Know listed.  It is available for pre-order. WHOOHOO!!

March 11, 2017 UPDATE:

I am officially signed up with the publicist, Caitlin Hamilton Summie. She was incredibly genuine, and I was impressed with her candor. She and her husband, Rick, put together a personal package I could manage. I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and taking on this publicity/marketing challenge.

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