A Danbury woman is sharing her journey through a dire blood cancer diagnosis, treatment, and the aftermath. Mary Teicholz served ten years on the Danbury City Council and was diagnosed with leukemia while serving her second term. She has now written a book about her experience.
She brings readers through the emotions associated with lengthy hospital stays, hair loss and blood type changing. Part of her treatment involved a bone marrow transplant from her sister. She says the unexpected side effect of her blood type changing from B positive to A positive was phenomenal and creepy. It meant the transplant was working.
Teicholz says it's not meant to be a book that makes people cry, but rather serves as encouragement. It's called "BE POSITIVE TO A PLUS: My Trek Through MDS, AML and Bone Marrow Transplant".
Teicholz says part of her personality is to be extremely honest and to find humor in unusual circumstances, and that's how she hopes the book comes across. A few friends encouraged her to write down her trek, and she decided to do that as a history to hand down in the family. But then she just kept writing, and it became a book.
She is hosting a book launch party in Danbury tonight, where the book will be available for sale. The launch will be held at VIVO! Bar and Grill, 42 Lake Ave. Ext, from 6pm-8pm.
Books are available for purchase from www.lulu.com or Amazon.com and Barnes And Noble.