On the four-year anniversary of her cancer diagnosis, Holly published My Mommy Has Cancer. She wrote the children's book based on her own experiences, and as a response to her calling to help other families who have been devastated with cancer. Illustrations are from children of cancer survivors, and the book is written from a child's perspective to enhance reliability. It is age appropriate for five to ten year-old children.
Read the book's blurb below:
Mommy’s cancer diagnosis will bring fear, sadness, and uncertainty to your entire family, especially your young ones. You not only have to navigate your own illness and treatment, but as a parent, you need to figure out how to explain this to your children, and monitor their feelings.
Bertone wrote My Mommy Has Cancer to help other families heal. She encourages parents to read through the book first, and then read the book to or with your child and have an open discussion that is best for your family’s situation.
Topics include what is most visible to children: surgery, chemotherapy, hair loss, schedule disruption, feeling sad, and helping. Break-out boxes contain probing questions to help your child talk openly about their feelings and concerns.
Drops of Fortitude is Holly's second book, written to help inspire other individuals going through cancer treatment. "This book is gender and cancer neutral and is a life anthem for anyone who is struggling through a difficult life situation. Learn how to find your inner strength and your personal fortitude and rise above your illness. Holly also provides a segment on how to survive cancer like an Army Ranger. She dishes out some tough love, but you will gain a new perspective on finding peace and strength during your treatment. Drops of Fortitude is the first e-book in her "Drops" series for cancer patients."
Holly Bertone is one of the loveliest, most genuine people I know. She is an amazing cancer awareness advocate, and her books are brilliant resources. I recommend them to anyone and everyone as unmissable reads.