My Heroine -Hillary St. Pierre- a TRUE Woman of Worth- writes

August 5, 2011 at 12:03 am 4 comments

Hillary is such a courageous young woman, fights not only her disease, but also those that make her journey and those with catastrophic illness even more of a hardship.
Todays’ post:

I found Hillary’s blog during my son’s battle with the “curable for some” Hodgkin’s Lymphoma .

Hillary has helped me understand so many things as to what happened physically and emotionally to my son, through drugs, treatment and the effects. Even though we have never met, this remarkable young woman has touched my life in ways she will never know and I will always be grateful to her and her writing.
Hillary not only writes her own blog , but contributes to Huffington Post and has completed writing a children’s book for those children , like her own young son, are dealing with the obscenity that is cancer in their young lives.

I have reposted her post in its entirety here:

“After years (and I mean YEARS) in creation, it’s with great excitement that I announce the upcoming publication of “Z and the Cancer Meanie,” a children’s tale following a family through the ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis and treatment through the eyes of young Z whose mother has been diagnosed with cancer.

With words adaptable for any person who has been diagnosed, the story answers common questions straight from the real life Z and his friends. With melodic words and vibrant illustrations, Z and the Cancer Meanie will help children of all ages understand what cancer is, diagnosis, hospitals, doctors, nurses, tests, even things as simple as a thermometer and blood pressure cuff.

To facilitate conversation, after the story there is a “fill-in-the-blank” section to help the reader or child identify what they are feeling, how to cope with those feelings, and how to find alternative solutions and/or activities that can still be enjoyed.

Z and The Cancer Meanie will help the whole family become comfortable with discussing cancer, balding, chemotherapy and more so this difficult time together may be a little less difficult.

To see some of the book yourself, get online and see

Z and The Cancer Meanie was written by Hillary St.Pierre, an RN and Hodgkin’s patient, who discovered a lack of interesting, entertaining books on cancer while trying to educate her own son during her disease. Z and the Cancer Meaning was written to answer the questions that kept popping up.

Illustrator Chris LoParco brought the words to life like no other children’s educational book has before. The family of lions and group of animal characters turn a reading of “Z and the Cancer Meanie” into a relaxing story that can be read anytime.

You can find more of their works online. Hillary St.Pierre writes a blog and for The Huffington Post. A novel, Real Women Are Bald, is currently in the works.

Chris LoParco also has an upcoming novel. A Story Told Book can be found at as well as contact information for the artist.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peter Potamus  |  August 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    “There, but for the grace of God, go I”

    Whether one is born with a silver spoon in their mouth like Richard Cory(in the poem & the Simon & Garfunkel song) or dealt a lousy hand in life like this woman,…

    ..”transcendence” is the name of the game.

    In a movie I saw E.G. Marshall is sitting at the head of the dinner table and makes the comment that one “only go[es] around once in life” and Maureen Stapleton (who plays his wife is standing up and serving the dinner guests) immeditely replies that “once is all you need if you do it right”.

    We all only get one crack at this thing called “life”… be it this woman, Chris Ritchey, Eric Barnes and even Tony Krasienko.

    The flicker of the candle is eventually extinguished for all of us, some earlier than others… pity that poor child, Gabriel from Buster’s House, but in the short time he was on this planet just look at the enormous impact he made on the lives of those who knew and loved him.

  • 2. thatwoman  |  August 7, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Yes Peter and within a couple lof generations even in our own families we become a faded picture in an album, on a wall, a disc , heck even now I had to buy a floppy add on to view “old” photos saved”. We won’t even end up framed in an attic somewhere 😉 We will be forgotten – a name ( for some) on a piece of granite that will over the ages sink into the earth itself.

    Which is why I prefer living memorials but even those die out when the money dries up or mother nature works her way.another reason to release …..but I have a plethora of posts to be published one by one after I am gone Peter so “if that woman still blogs can she really be gone 😉

  • […] NOTE: I have reposted from Hillary’s site as I believe her journey both fighting to live and living to fight- not only the obscenity of Cancer ( Hillary has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma- the same curable cancer […]

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