How many times in your life have you considered seriously shaking things up? Laura Roppé was already making some moves in that direction when diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in 2008. So the timing was right to put the legal career aside in favor of pursuing her music career full time. After beating back that cancer, of course.
Evidence of how that all went can be found in her music and in her book, Rocking the Pink: Finding Myself on the Other Side of Cancer.
A triple-negative breast cancer survivor myself, reading the book brought back a lot of memories. It’s only been six months since I completed my cancer treatment. It’s not that I’d forgotten the details, but reading about it through someone else’s eyes awakened dormant feelings — like how it felt to be recognizable as a cancer patient and how others, particularly strangers, react to that.
Some of her thoughts mirrored my own experiences, like when her husband said, “You need to go to the doctor about this right away. Tomorrow,” while she “wasn’t the least bit worried.” Exactly how it went in my home.
As Laura writes about what I’ll call “platitude fatigue,” I knew exactly how she felt as a stranger approached her in a parking lot and she thought, “Please get to the part where you encourage me to be positive. I need to go to bed.”
Laura is more than a cancer patient or a cancer survivor. She’s a wife, mother, and friend. She’s a former attorney and current award-winning rocker. Rocking the Pink is more about the rocking part of life — the living — than it is about the pink part. That’s because no one who gets cancer is all about cancer. We’re still us inside and, if we’re fortunate enough to come out on the other side, we can savor the sweetness of life as never before.
There are two pieces of very good news here. The first is that Laura is here — able to tell her story — and rocking the music world. The second is that this is neither a drawn out depressing tale, nor is it a “I’m a hero because I beat cancer” story. It’s a book about life. It’s about the choices we make. It’s about the tough challenges of life and how we handle them. It’s about finding new friends in the least likely places. It’s about following one’s passion, appreciating those who love us, and fining inner strength just when it is needed.
You don’t have to have personal experience with cancer to find this an enlightening read. For more information about the book or about Laura Roppé, visit www.lauraroppe.com
Disclosure: A representative for the author provided me with a copy of the book for the purpose of writing this article. No agreement was made about the content of the article nor do I have any financial connection to the book.
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