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Again: Surviving Cancer Twice with Love and Lists, A Memoir

Forthcoming from Koehler Books in late 2020, Again shares one woman’s second journey through cancer decades after a teenage bout with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

A breast cancer diagnosis at forty-nine forces Christine Shields Corrigan, a wife, mom, and meticulous list-maker, to confront her deepest fears of illness, death, and loss of control as she struggles to face cancer again. From the discovery of a “junky” cyst, to chemotherapy and surgery, sleepless nights filled with rosaries and “what ifs,” and shifting family dynamics, her adult experience mirrors her teen bout with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with one exception—she no longer has parents keeping her in the dark.

With the ghosts of cancer past hovering around her, Chris falls into the same over- protective traps her taciturn Irish-Catholic parents created, striving to keep her family’s life “normal,” when it was anything but, and soldiering through on her own, until a neighbor’s unexpected advice and gift move her to accept others’ help.

With fierce honesty, poignant reflection, practical guidance gained only from experience, and good humor, Chris shares a journey filled with sorrow, grace, forgiveness, and resilience, as she wends her way through cancer for the second time. An any woman’s story of resiliency and hope that life is possible beyond a diagnosis or even two, Again will appeal not only to those touched by cancer, but also to anyone faced with a life challenge who seeks a path forward.