Stronger than yesterday – living your life beyond adversity…..
is Author Cathy McCarthy’s latest book, which was launched on Tuesday the first of March in Dublin. Her first book Not the year you had planned…..is her story about been diagnosed with breast cancer, but is much more besides. Its full of practical and supportive information for anyone going through and recovering from cancer.
I remember clearly the day I got an email from Cathy…it was one of those days when I was feeling ‘flat’ and needed motivation. Cathy had got my name from Hilary Moss, Director of the National Centre for Arts and Health , (AMNCH) based at Tallagh hospital. I met Hilary when I did a creative writing course in 2011, one of the outreach programs they run.
Cathy was now embarking on her second book , giving a voice to people who were dealing with or been through traumatic events in their lives. After meeting Cathy I felt no hesitation, if not a little trepidation, about writing my story for her book, about living with chronic pain. There are nine other stories, all dealing with life changing events, including cancer, and MS.
The book is a veritable treasure trove of helpful and inspiring stories.There are chapters about creativity, exercise, gratitude, compassion and much much more.You will just have to buy the book to find out ! There are also lovely quotations and poems dotted throughout.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can” Arthur Ashe
“What has happened to you doesn’t define you,the truth of who you are is discovered anew with every breath”. Mary Nurrrie Stearns
The Launch turned out to be a lovely evening and to be honest, it was not until lunch time of that day that I made up my mind to go. I had been ill with a chest infection for weeks, but something shifted in my mind, and I knew I would go, no matter what. It was a very up lifting evening, and I felt proud that I had made some small contribution to this honest, heartfelt book.
The Waterford High Hopes Choir provided great entertainment and were joined by David Brophy, conductor, musician, and the man who was responsible for setting it up. There is an RTE series telling the story of how it came into existence.
Jack Kavanagh was also there and said a few words, which were both a mixture of humor and honesty. He is a young guy who has gone through a very real life changing event.
I am so thankful to my friends and family who came along and supported me and a special thanks to Anita for all her help with editing my story.
In conclusion I would like to include a few lines from Cathy’s moving speech on the night and to thank her for writing her book which I know will provide support to so many people .
“Find what you want to do with your life, ask yourself what makes you come alive, then go and do it. We all have our special place in the world, use your unique gifts, shine your light Dare to be all you can be. Do more of what makes you happy. Life is found in the dance between your greatest fears and your unlived dreams.” Cathy McCarthy