There can be joy in the midst of suffering.
Your dreams are never too big.
There will always be laundry.
We should celebrate the normal shit.
These sentiments and so many others are what Ashli Brehm, the voice behind www.babyonthebrehm.com, collected as life lessons after receiving her breast cancer diagnosis at age 33. A mother of three little boys and a wife to her favorite guy, Brehm had been blogging for five plus years when a small lump caused a large uproar in her life as she had always known it. With the help and healing of writing, chemotherapy, prayer, prescription drugs, and an army of people, she went through treatment and is now cancer-free.
The lessons in this book are not just for those who have or have had cancer. They are not only for people who have breasts. The book begins with a foreword by Pamela Buffett and ends with a thank you from Ashli to so many who helped her through cancer and life. Everything in-between is a mixed bag of life happenings that Brehm penned in order to never forget them as she lives life as a survivor.
Each chapter, an essay that tells how Brehm learned that particular lesson, walks through a part of treatment, life during cancer, or her life after. Wear the Damn Swimsuit is a very personal and real collection of words that Ashli wrote to tell her own story and provide hope, humor, and chutzpah to those who read it. The biggest lesson of all: there can be joy even in suffering.
Ashli Brehm is a mom to three (beautiful) boys, a wife to one (stellar) guy, and survivor of (breast) cancer and (normal) life. Her boobs are fake but her personality is real. Find more of her words at www.babyonthebrehm.com.