Because cancer is never your New Year’s resolution…

Hello Sweetheart,

When my son (who was 9 at the time) fell during a football game and broke his leg, I was not thinking much beyond his comfort, how long it would take for him to get back to school and how long it would take the family to return to our routine. I was concerned that Yousef was in pain, and that he’d miss school – but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine he had cancer.


It was early in 2015 when we found out. And our year was completely taken over by cancer after that.


I don’t usually do New Year’s resolution and I don’t remember if I chose any that year. But, I assure you, cancer was not even on the radar.


You’re NEVER ready for something like this. 


The purpose of my book Hoping and Coping: How My Darling Little Son and I Broke Free of Cancer is to share my story with parents who are faced with a situation like mine and/or to bring awareness to other parents.


Not to make you feel worried or afraid, but to give you hope and insight about parenting during tough times. Your tough time might not even be cancer. Hope is still the message.


The power of choosing your thoughts and asking powerful questions is still my suggestion – whatever you face in your own life or with your child.


As Wayne Dyer famously said, (and I’d apply it even to cancer,)


“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”


In addition to Yousef me, I write about three other women in the book, too.


  • Shaikha got cancer when she was just a baby. Today she is a marvel and an inspiration!


  • Maria, Marcus’ mum, is a powerhouse with a strong message about what’s truly important.


  • Amanda was a brand new mother, still breastfeeding when her baby daughter got sick. And she transcended her experience with love, and today she writes with gratitude.


Not one of them signed up for it. Nobody ever does. But when cancer becomes part of your life’s journey, we all want to tell you:


There are ways to hope and cope, no matter what.


In addition to my story and these brave women’s, my book has some exercises you can do to feel more in control, more grounded or centered.


Here is a bit of one:


No matter how you hear the news, whether you suspected something was wrong or not, whether you are alone or with someone else, hearing the diagnosis for the first time will be a shock. And now, for a while, your life will be disrupted in ways you could never have expected.


What is the best possible thing now?


Yes, I know, it seems like a crazy question, but as I wrote in a previous post, it is the questions that will set you free, and open your eyes to new possibilities.


What is the best possible thing now?


Let me ask you a question: What might happen if you gave asking questions a try?

How To Use The Power of Questions To Get Through Anything.  If you like, you can download the free PDF at the end of this post. Just enter your email and you’ll have it right away.


My book, Hoping and Coping: How My Darling Little Son and I Broke Free of Cancer is available now on Amazon. You can click here to buy it.

Here is what some people are saying:

on March 13, 2018

Once I start reading I could not stop. The authour is so purely honest with her feelings, thought, emotions. Bad or good – They are all welcomed, they are all OK. That’s what makes us human. Humble and strong at the same time. Loving and hating, hoping and coping…
As a parent, I could relate to all that.  Different life story – same challenges on a way: How to be a good parent. How not to let you child down.
A great book who makes you a better parent.A

on March 12, 2018

This book was one of the best books I read in a long time …I cried at times amazed at how Yousef and Helene made it through this ordeal but also reminded that we can all be more posetivt and stronger and help out others. I recommend this book to anyone .

Mike Saade on March 6, 2018

I am speechless as I write this review. Such an incredible, motivating, and hopeful read. Every chapter felt so real like I was right next to Helene and Yousef the whole Journey. As a 21 year old college student I don’t have kids or know someone currently going through cancer but would recommend everyone to read this book. I have learned so many new things after reading this book and in a way it has taught me a valuable lesson in life. “Live life NOW”Absolutely phenomenal read, Thank you Helene.

I hope you will find some hope, comfort and questions for your new year, whether it’s going as you planned, or not!


Feel Hugged,



P.S. To download my booklet How To Use The Power of Questions To Get Through Anything you can click here.

And, you can buy my book Hoping and Coping, How My Darling Little Son and I Broke Free of Cancer on Amazon or via this link.

 Thank you!


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