Beyond Beauty: A Warrior's Story is a book of triumph, love, tears and laughter - with a shot of Divatude. If you have gone through the struggles of this journey or have watched as a loved one has fought, then this is a book to celebrate creating fierce beauty despite the diagnosis. This coffee table book depicts women going through some of the toughest times in their lives to turn it around -- standing tall and beautiful.
Each woman shares her story, her fears and her inspiration, virtually holding others' hands going through the same diagnosis. There are stories of women who share their triumph at survival. There are others who share their triumph in transition - you will read their last conversations and be so inspired.
An Excerpt from Ilyssa Calonsag - A 25 year old Breast Cancer Warrior
"My deepest fear was that I would leave this earth with no mark on it. Not for the glory of attention or fame, but that I hadn’t given enough hope, enough love, enough grace and faith to those around me. I didn’t chase after the thought of 'what people thought of me' after I would pass, but I thought more of the words I longed to hear when I reach heaven; 'Well done, my good and faithful servant.'
My source of strength was God. I did my best to not make decisions based on fear, but in faith. My fiancé (now husband) at the time stepped up and took care of me like no one else could have. I praise the Lord for him. And as I was still afraid of not becoming a mother or even not living a full life like many others, I knew this is not my real home. That eternity is with Him. And until my last breath I will do my best to serve my Lord.
I am 25 now and taking much better care of my health. I am newly married with a goal of Making Every Moment Count in my heart. By no means am I perfect; I fail every day. But God gives me the strength to get back up every time. There are times we cannot carry all our burdens ourselves. So I say to those who feel like they are at the end of their road: If your health is failing you, if you feel abandoned and alone, lay all your worries down, because that is a heavy burden to carry. Let go and let God hold it for you."