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We’re ALL Winners: Free E-Books, The Next 15 Minutes

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Today I’m celebrating. My memoir, The Next 15 Minutes, has been honored by the North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA) with the Harold Hirsch award for excellence in journalism in the Book category. The Next 15 Minutes, if you’re new here, is the high-octane story of how lessons learned as a ski patroller helped me get through my husband’s harrowing cancer diagnosis. More adventure-story than medical-memoir, this book reveals what it’s like to make the ski industry your life and how to use our voluntary adventures to get through real-life disasters. I’ve always believed that we get out on the edge to see what we’re made of. But we don’t expect to use that expertise in a real emergency. Until we have no other choice.

If you haven’t yet read the book, now’s the time.


Thanks NASJA!

The Book category is only given every three years. Judges are chosen based on their expertise in the field, and are not members of the organization. The award is named for Harold Hirsch, a long-time ski journalist, and member of the NASJA Board.

I’m thrilled to be honored by NASJA. My late father-in-law, Everett Kircher, was given NASJA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Mammoth, CA in 1999.

My husband and his brother, Steve, accepted the honor in their father’s name. It’s fitting that I received my award in Mammoth 14 years later.

To celebrate, my publisher, Behler Publications, is giving away free e-books of THE NEXT 15 MINUTES today and tomorrow. Just email Lynn Price at: lynn_at_behlerpublications.com (replace “_at_” with @ symbol) and put FREE NEXT 15 MINUTES in the Subject line. Hurry. This special celebration ends tomorrow.


Laura York: Cancer Survivor


Laura York shows cancer who's boss

“Cancer can suck it,” that’s Laura York’s motto. A year and a half ago, Laura was diagnosed with stage IV cholangiocarcinoma (the same kind of cancer John had). Unfortunately, Laura wasn’t a candidate for liver transplantation because her tumors had grown outside the bile ducts. The prognosis was grim. Her doctors gave her nine months.

But Laura didn’t believe them.

Laura never believed the cancer would kill her. Instead, she fought hard, telling cancer to “suck it”. Her healthy living habits and positive attitude, plus the work of her doctors and oncologists, proved that prognosis wrong.

Last week Laura heard the news. The cancer is dead! She’s officially in remission, and her doctors are shocked and amazed.

For anyone who knows much about bile duct cancer, you’ll know why this is so big. No one goes from stage IV cholangiocarcinoma to remission, and especially not in just 17 months.

What I love about Laura’s story is her attitude. No matter what news came her way, she always found the best angle from which to view it. She exemplifies personal strength, gratitude and integrity.

We become more ourselves during a crisis. Our carefully constructed facade comes tumbling down when the doctor touches our wrist (or our loved one’s wrist) and says, “it’s cancer.”

That’s when you know who you really are. I found solace in the moment, telling myself to get through the ordeal just 15 minutes at a time. Laura had her own way. She turned toward uber-healthy eating and living, found strength in herself and utilized her support network. And it worked.

Laura York is a survivor. She’s officially a survivor.

Advanced copy of THE NEXT 15 MINUTES Winner Announced


Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest, both on my Facebook Fanpage and through email. Sharing your story isn’t easy, and for those that did, here’s a virtual high-five. *smack*

Congratulations to the winner:  Laura York; she will receive a signed copy of The Next Fifteen Minutes. She has a remarkable story, and I have written here about Laura before.

In March 2010 Laura was diagnosed with stage IV bile duct cancer and told she had about 9 months to live. Unlike John, her cancer had spread outside the bile ducts, and so she was not a candidate for liver transplantation. Laura didn’t take this news lying down. In fact, she changed her life, her diet, her attitude. She started a blog to tell her story called The Cancer Assassin, and that’s precisely what she’s doing. She’s kicking cancer’s butt. Laura is an inspiration not only to cancer patients but to everyone. Here’s a quote from her contest entry:

My disease is not a death sentence as I first thought it was. It is a wakeup call to quit feeling guilty for silly things, quit postponing my life and LIVE LIVE LIVE! We only have this moment and I intend to enjoy it as much as possible and love as much as possible. It is in the strength that you gather in those 15 minutes that changes your whole life, puts what matters into perspective and opens your eyes to all the good in this world.

Did you get that? Quit postponing your life and LIVE. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thank you Laura for your wisdom, your bravery and your strength. Anyone interested in learning how to kick cancer butt with the help of a positive attitude and a healthy diet, check out Laura’s story. You’ll be glad you did.

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