LOCAL CANCER SURVIVOR AND AUTHORSHARES “PERKS” OF HAVING CANCER
HILTON HEAD, SC – When Diana Bosse was first diagnosed with lymphoma in April, 2019, she promised herself that she would stay positive throughout the difficult journey ahead.
That journey ultimately ended with a full remission of the cancer as well as her new book, The Perks of Having Cancer: An Inspirational, Positive and Humorous View of a Not-So-Inspirational, Positive or Humorous Situation. The 231-page book by the Sea Pines resident is a poignant, witty and laugh-out loud funny journal of the day-to day discoveries, surprises and indignities of battling cancer.
“Humor has always been Diana’s default setting, so laughing her way through lymphoma came naturally” said friend and former Cincinnati Enquirer editor Peter Bronson. His company, Chilidog Press, published Bosse’s book. “By sharing her own experiences, she resolved to lift the spirits of others dealing with cancer or helping a loved one fight the disease.”
As part of coping with the physical, psychological and emotional challenges of her own cancer, along with her husband’s battle with congestive heart failure, the 56-year-old Bosse began a series of posts to her Facebook page. Whether describing her chemotherapy sessions, hair loss or lifestyle changes, she focused on the lighter side of her situation. The overwhelming positive response to her posts from followers prompted the idea for the book, she says.
"Cancer is no laughing matter, but laughter can be the best medicine. I hope this book brightens the day of others faced with a terrifying diagnosis and helps them discover their own perks in daily living."
Featuring illustrations from cartoonist Steve Wallace of Milford, Ohio, cost of the book is $20.
Bosse said a portion of the book sales will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as the Alzheimer’s Association, where she has worked for nearly 11 years as a member of its Development team. Bosse is Walk Manager for the Cincinnati Tri-State Walk to End Alzheimer’s, one of the largest Alzheimer’s walks in the nation, raising more than $1.8 million in 2019.
The book is available at locally at By Hand, Ink or Grayco Hardware, Hilton Head, online via her website at dianabosse.com or amazon.com. Meet Diana in person at the farmers market at The Shops at Sea Pines Center on Tuesday, July 7 from 10-noon.