The premise of this tour is a simple one:
“What if you couldn’t promote your own book?”
What if you wrote down your story, your thoughts, your hopes…but your life was cut short?
Julie Forward DeMay is the author and creator of the “Cell War Notebooks,” a book that intimately shares her battle with cancer.
Julie was a wife, a mother, a daughter, and a friend. She had hopes and dreams. She was a photographer. A writer. She loved music. She created a blog and shared her life with the world.
When I went to her site, and began reading through her posts…I cried. I’m crying as I write this. I would love to tell you that she won her battle with cancer. She did not. But as I read through her posts, I saw a glimpse of the woman that she was, a woman of courage and strength. She was a woman full of love and hope. She had an awesome sense of humor.
Here is an excerpt from Tuesday, July 28th, 2009. This is one of her last posts.
“My back hurts and I am unable to walk on my own. Apparently the nerve block didn’t work. Nor did the cisplatin or bevacizameb or green juice or radiation therapy, or massage or acupuncture or 5 mushroom formula, because it seems my bones hurt, my back and side ribs hurt, and walking looks more like collapsing.
“Am I complaining? Hells no. Well maybe a little bit, but the thing is: 1) Besides my usual badass community of support, my entire immediate family is here to rally around me. and 2) I still have my wits about me more ore less. Yes – I could still fight. I could get myself a wheelchair and pretty soon some oxygen tanks and tubes and read and read about how to beat this. But the thing is, it’s time for me to make peace. It’s time for me to admit to myself that everyday the Pain is getting worse.”
~Julie Forward DeMay, Cell War Notebooks
Julie ran out of time. She never saw her words published in book form. She never had the opportunity to do a blog tour.
The proceeds from this book are going to Julie’s nine-year old daughter, Luka.
*If you’ve only got a few seconds to spare, pop over to Facebook and ‘like’ the page created for Julie’s book and blog.
If you have a blog, Facebook, Twitter…or whatever, and would like to do more, please check out the links below.
The Cell War Notebooks on Amazon: http://amzn.to/W17WN4 (This is NOT an affiliate link)
The Cell War Notebooks on Facebook: http://facebook.com/cellwarnotebooks
Julie’s Original Blog: http://cellwarnotebooks.blogspot.com
Twitter Hashtags to use: #indiesforward or #cellwarnotebooks
Duolit’s IndiesForward Page: http://selfpublishingteam.com/indiesforward
As a fellow Juli(e), I Thank You!
PS In case you were wondering, I ordered my copy of her book on Tuesday. It should be here by the 4th. It’s one thing to talk about supporting Indie Writer’s, but it’s probably better to live it. 🙂