Write for the Fight!

Fall’s coolness chills the air as the sun sets, fancying the sky with stunning jewelry. I barely notice.

My ponytail is loosened, my shirt is stained, and my eyes, are tired.

I hold six-month-old Chloe on my hip. Her pudgy fingers splayed on my shoulder, her pink-tinged cheeks delicious.

I don’t know enough to breathe this in.

Instead, I zoom in on Chloe throwing her pacifier into the sand as Kayli calls from an “Up High” bridge or slide or climber – I can’t remember which.

What I do remember is that she was stuck and panicked, and I mirrored the feeling.

The rest of the park was smudged, faded, silenced. I only heard both girls’ cries and I only saw them needing me, and not knowing how to help them.

What I also remember is that another mother, with shiny hair and a coordinated outfit and non-crying children, stepped into my tightly wound view, and scooped me into a better place.

She saved the pacifier from the sand, poured water over it, and slipped it into Chloe’s indignantly pursed mouth. Her tear-stained cheeks grateful, my blazing ears the same.

Before thank yous could play on my lips, this other mother was across the park, arms raised, scooping up the third piece of my puzzle.

Because that’s what we mothers do, isn’t it? We flex and fix and help people in the best ways that we know how.

Five years later, I now know how to gift the graces of a pacifier retrieved and an “Up High” lowered.

But when people are sick, when tragedy strikes, I spin back to that helpless place, not knowing how to Help.

When I read that Susan Niebur lost her fight against Inflammatory Breast Cancer, I stilled at my computer, my family happening in my background.

My husband, who is not above “Which Mommy are we talking about?” jokes when I speak of the bloggers that touch my heart everyday, knew to kiss my own tear-stained cheek and whisper, “I’m so sorry.”

Deep within each of us, tightly wrapped and wound and zoomed, is our very own spark. What we can give, when a washing and placing and scooping aren’t enough.

Authors Tess Hardwick and Tracey Hansen know this.

So they partnered with Booktrope Publishing and gathered eleven authors from around the world-  Gordon BonnetGalit BreenF. Jo BruceDerek FlynnJesse James FreemanLaura KilmartinMarni MannKarla J. NellenbachTerry PersunLaura Tiberio, and Laura Zera – and whispered, Use your words for good.

I’m proud to announce that shoulder-to-shoulder we did, indeed, use our words to create Write for the Fight, A Collection of Seasonal Essays

WRITE FOR THE FIGHT: A Collection of Seasonal Essays, Booktrope Publishing

Write for the Fight is published by Booktrope Publishing, all writer royalties will be donated to charities benefiting the fight against breast cancer.

Using our words, to help.

Braced by our editor Diane Hughes, our cover designer Greg Simanson, our marketing manager Heather Ludviksson, and our cover artist Bea Thompson, we each answered four seasonal questions:

  • What do you miss about being five years old?
  • What would you tell your twenty year old self?
  • What, at this point in your life, do you want, wish and dream of for your life going forward?
  • What would you want said about you on your 80th birthday?

The writing was challenging, the result is breath-taking.

We’re thrilled to partner with Barnes and Noble Nook exclusively for one month. After that, Write For the Fight will be available in any eBook device or paperback.

We’ve all tasted cancer’s unwanted kiss one way or another.

Because of that, as a Mother, a Daughter, a Niece, and a Friend- I’m over the moon to Write for the Fight.

And your support, means the world to me.

Word of mouth is the absolute best thing that can happen for a book. Please help get the word out about Write for the Fight.

The more books we sell, the more money we can raise, and the more we can Help. 

You can:

Thank you, truly.
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Comments

  1. What a wonderful project, Galit. So proud of you for being part of it.

  2. Amazing post, Galit, full of emotion and so touching. I’m so excited to share this journey with you! :)

  3. I have no words.
    Just immense pride in you…all of you.
    Thank you for pouring your heart out in a book that is going to help touch so many lives.
    xoox

  4. An amazing project, Galit. I love this. Such a wonderful place for your beautiful words to live and do some good.

  5. This is such a wonderful project to be a part of! I’m so sorry for this loss. :(

  6. Galit, I cannot think of a better place for your words. This is wonderful!

  7. I am so very proud of you… this looks like a remarkable book project to be a part of. I would love a copy to review for my blog, if that would be okay. Or can you tell me when it might be available for the Kindle? Thanks, girl.

  8. Life As Wife says:

    They couldn’t have picked a better writer’s story to help tell!

  9. So happy and proud of you! It always makes me happy in a very bittersweet kind of way when something so beautiful arises from something so heartbreaking.

  10. I have immense pride when I read about this treasure. I’d love to get this onto my blog, where would you like it to link back to?

  11. Purchased. Can’t wait to read it.

  12. Amazing. I’m so proud of you. So very proud. xo

  13. Congrats Galit. I can’t think of anyone whose lovely writing is more deserving.

  14. CELEBRATION!! Shouting out to you! Confetti and streamers and applause!! Fabulous, Galit!! And, of course!

  15. Congratulations to you. This is such a wonderful thing.

  16. Hi Galit,
    we are on the same websites together. congratulations on this. I also have a blog on wordpress. I would be interested in getting a free book for writing reviews if you could connect me with the right person or link. thanks. Laurie F. from hibernationnow.wordpress.com

  17. I am waiting the month (impatiently) so I can get it for my Tablet. Kol hakavod lach Galit! And Happy Purim! A day for strong women, to be sure.

  18. Kate Wegener says:

    Galit, I had no idea. This is wonderful. I am thinking mother’s day presents for all the special women in my life. :)

  19. Keely Weiland says:

    I can’t stop crying. I read Sue’s Toddler Planet. YOU are doing something. I am so proud to call you friend. Guess what I am doing? Walking in the 3day in August. Even with all the Susan G Komen/ Planned Parenthood angst. I’m doin’ it. Love you so much and truly cannot wait to get my hands on this book. XOXO

  20. We are so lucky to have you as part of this project. Your post really expresses what Write for the Fight is really about. Amazing.

  21. I didn’t know you were part of this project Galit!
    Tracey and I have known each other since we were 10 and just had dinner this week together….I’m so proud of her and Tess…and everyone that contributed…you guys rock…

  22. Many congratulations!

  23. I’m really happy you were chosen to be part of it. I can’t think of a better person.

  24. How wonderful! I am so happy you are a part of it. Your words are always so inspiring.

  25. Standing ovation Galit – You are nothing short of inspiring & amazing. Not only does your writing ALWAYS knock my socks off – being a part of a project such as this? I have no words other than, keep inspiring us Galit.

    You & your words are touching the lives of others.
    xoxo

  26. Anti-Supermom says:

    Wow doesn’t seem significant enough, but, umm… ‘wow’, what an amazing project for you to be a part of. Congratulations!

  27. I’m so happy you are part of this.

  28. you are amazing Galit. I just purchased it. xoxo

  29. Jesse James Freeman says:

    Nice post, rockstar!

  30. Such a stellar post, Galit. Wow, you really captured the essence of what this is all about. Thank you. xo

  31. As soon as you said how Jason said he was so sorry, I fell apart. I have lost a grandmother and an aunt to cancer. They both suffered tremendously. I will be purchasing this and will be happy to spread the word for all of you. I am so proud and blessed to call you a friend. YOU are an amazing woman! xo!

  32. This so, so awesome, Galit! You definitely have my support. What a wonderful project!

  33. What a special project to be a part of. I look forward to reading the book.

  34. I am so happy you are a part of this. What a wonderful gift.

  35. What a wonderful way to spread your beautifully crafted words, Galit! Big kudos to you and the others who are doing this.

  36. I’m so glad you were able to do something so practical and genuinely helpful in the face of such a tragedy.

  37. What a wonderful project. I watched my college boyfriend struggle emotionally as he came to terms with losing his mother to cancer the day before his 22nd birthday. And recently, my family supported my aunt as she fought (and won) against breast cancer.

  38. Well done!
    Can’t wait to read it.
    And this post…beautiful, Galit. (-:

  39. I loved your post so much (you truly described the push-pull so well) and then you had this little surprise at the end! You go girl! Consider me your pimp daddy and of course I will want my very own copy. You should be so proud.

  40. I am still crying…This is so beautiful and moving. I definitely want a copy of the paperback, and I’ve already started spreading the word.

  41. What a cool project to be at and work for. I wish all the success to the money raised of the book.

  42. Congratulations!!! Ordering my copy now…

  43. Oh Galit, this is so wonderful. What an amazing and heartfelt project and cause. Makes me love you even more, if that is even possible. xoxo

  44. There is NO ONE in the whole world that is better for this than you! While it speaks to a loss, what you are giving to fill that space is beyond amazing and I am weak with the happiness I feel for you being part of this. Thank you for sharing this amazing book with us…and for sharing yourself with this project, I cannot wait to read it.

    Xoxoxooxo

  45. Congratulations! I am sure your piece is lovely. I have lost 7 people in 8 years. It’s been rough around here.

    But.

    I am also encouraged that you are using your superpowers for such good! What a wonderful collaboration! Thank you for sharing your words with us! Sounds like a great project, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  46. —What an amazing, worthwhile project.

    I’d love to read your essay.

    xx

  47. Beautiful, beautiful words and a beautiful heart behind them.
    What an incredible project to be a part of. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend.

  48. Susan was a wonderful woman that I am to have had the pleasure of knowing. This is a beautiful project you are a part of. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  49. What a beautiful project to be a part of. My prayers are with Susan’ family.

  50. Inspiring. What an honor and a great mission.

  51. Such an amazingly beautiful idea!
    Thank you, Galit, for using your gift to help others and their families.

  52. What I love about this post, Galit, is how you remind us of how we feel when another mommy helps us in our times of need–gratitude, relief, and a sense of camaraderie–so it’s only fitting that we would lend our hands and support other moms, especially when it involves a great cause.

    Congratulations on being a part of such a great team of authors, who strives to make a difference.

  53. What a perfect you are for a labor of love such as this …
    Ordering straight away, for me, for gifts, for moms … for women.
    What a blessing.
    Cannot wait!

  54. Shannon from mynewfavoriteday says:

    A beautiful post with a beautiful purpose. Thanks for sharing and will defintely support the book and of course this amazing cause. Indeed we need to rise up to support one another whether it’s on the playground or against cancer.

  55. You ladies are wonderful. A woman can change the world but when we unite we can make magic. Thank you xo

  56. Beautiful. I will absolutely purchase one. I have the Nook app but rarely use it so I will likely wait for it to be available for Kindle. And I’ll tell my mom and SIL to buy one, too.

    xoxo

  57. Finally have a day off and am catching up on blogs I’ve missed…stumbled fortuitously here. I’ll be ordering a copy (or several) to donate to my my best friend’s breast cancer organization, Little Pink Houses of Hope and its family support center. I’ll happily spread the word!

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