The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer is an award-winning memoir about waking up in mid-life and learning to lead with your heart instead of your head. Diane M. Simard—a journalist, angel investor, and aerospace executive who was raised in a small Nebraska town—weaves an engaging account of her experience with Stage III breast cancer that is raw, unapologetic, and humorous. Her sobering—yet uplifting—account describes in explicit detail the emotions, fatigue, nausea, sights, and smells of her treatment protocol. couched by the oscillating swirl of emotions that forced her to slow down and take stock of the first 50 years of her life.
The Unlikely Gift of Breast Cancer received third place in the 2019 Colorado Independent Publishers Association's EVVY awards - the most highly contested category of the international competition. The book also received five stars frorm Readers' Favorite.