“I hope that my experience can encourage other women to pay attention to their bodies and trust their instincts.”
These are the brave words of the late Hayleigh Noel O’Brien, who, shortly before her 31st birthday, was diagnosed with a form of cancer that no woman hopes to meet: ovarian cancer. What followed was a courageous yearlong battle, filled with doctors’ appointments, tests, and treatments. The prognosis was often changing, bringing along with it the emotional highs and lows of a difficult present and an uncertain future. But with the help of her loved ones, Hayleigh lived each day with immense optimism and gratitude. Always wanting to help people, she chose to document her entire experience in the form of a blog, so that it could bring solidarity and comfort to other people in her position. Many who read Hayleigh’s blog called her their “hero.”
The Girl Next Door Meets Cancer contains the entirety of Hayleigh’s cancer blog, published posthumously by her family at her request. This book is a source of invaluable insight and support for anyone who is on a cancer journey, as well as for the families and others who provide care. Readers will come away thinking, Yes, this is what I am feeling, equipped with a roadmap for providing the best care possible—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. With Hayleigh’s voice in their hands, nobody has to make this journey alone.