From Wonderland to Cancerland

by Sarah Toller



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/5/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781425173029

About the Book

This book is a transcription of a blog kept by a determined young woman living with malignant melanoma. It’s the story of her hopes and dreams, and how they morphed into the new reality of anger and frustration that she experienced while grieving for her own life. She coped by focussing on the present, and living in “the now”; and by sharing some of the many fun and happy events she squeezed into a very short time, and for which she was extremely thankful. Some words from Sarah’s mom: I don’t know why Sarah started writing her blog almost two years after diagnosis; I only learned of it by accident about three months before her death. I do know that she touched the hearts of many people in telling her story, and made numerous online friends from around the world. Shortly after Sarah died, several people suggested that her blog be made into a book with the hope that it could provide some perspective and advice to others travelling the same path, from someone who has “been there”. While everyone’s experience with melanoma is different, it is my hope that Sarah’s story will provide some background and guidance with regard to working with the health care system, and some solace to know that others have gone before and ultimately found peace.

About the Author

“Just an average chick living a new normal somewhere between Wonderland and Cancerland.” That’s how Sarah summarized her life following diagnosis. Sarah Lynne Toller was born February 7, 1977 in Ottawa, Ontario. When she was two years old, she moved with her family to London, Ontario, where she grew up. Sarah’s early school years were fun-filled and happy. She attended French Immersion, enjoyed soccer, swimming, riding her bicycle, and had many close friends and playmates. Her backyard was the neighbourhood playground. When Sarah’s parents separated she was 12 years old, and her world fell apart. She had several difficult and painful experiences during her teen years, which she ultimately handled with an amazing maturity. Despite some emotional scars, Sarah turned herself around to become an advocate for those in need. Sarah left home and moved to Toronto to attend university. By the time she graduated, she was ready to return to London, with her love Derek. They were truly living the “happily-ever-after” story when she was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in September 2004. Sarah died peacefully June 12, 2007, with her husband and mom at her side. This book is a transcription of her blog, which tells the rest of her story.