September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. In 2010, there were nearly 45,000 new cases of thyroid disease in the United States, resulting in 1,700 deaths, according to the National Cancer Institute. Thyroid cancer, which occurs more often in women, has a 97 percent, five-year survival rate. Thyroid Cancer Survivor Lorna Brunelle says “My goal is to raise awareness for what is now the fastest rising cancer in women in the United States.”
On December 15, 2004, Lorna J. Brunelle, professional performer and acting and vocal coach, was forced to face not only cancer, but the one cancer that could put an end to her career if she survived. She, a singer, was diagnosed with Papillary Thyroid Cancer. On February 2nd, 2005, she had a complete thyroidectomy at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.
When Brunelle became ill with thyroid cancer the iodine treatment, one little purple pill, made her radioactive and began to fight the cancer cells her thyroidectomy surgery left behind. In her book, Dirty Bomb Shell, From Thyroid Cancer Back to Fabulous –http://www.dirtybombshell.net/ Brunelle lends wit, charm and humor to her learning to swallow the fact that to become well she must first become a human “dirty bombshell” without alienating family and friends, or losing herself. She is now appearing in a new reality TV series, Wicked Fit on STYLE network airing Oct 23, 2011. www.mystyle.com/mystyle/b7714_wicked_fit_coming_style.html
As a means of coping Lorna began writing daily journal entries from the time she was diagnosed to help mark the progress of her recovery. After two years of writing, the excerpts became her book: DIRTY BOMBSHELL – From Thyroid Cancer Back to Fabulous!
The book Lorna needed to survive this life-changing event didn’t exist, so when she got well she wrote it to spare others the loss of spirit and relationships. A top coach for young women in the Miss America Organization, Brunelle’s crowning achievement to this story is that she is now a participant on a new reality TV series. Her triumphant story sheds light on a cancer most Americans are in the dark about. This story of faith, forgiveness, strength, hope, courage, tolerance, and self-discovery will change the way readers tackle hardship, leaving them with the power to survive and thrive.
You can purchase Dirty Bombshell at Amazon.com