Cancer Patient Anne Hutcheson Shares ILL WILL

After a six-year battle with cancer, author Anne Hutcheson offers readers a glimpse into the life of a cancer patient with her new novel.

With lll Will, Hutcheson tells the story of Penney, a high school principal who is diagnosed with breast cancer. An independent and intelligent woman, Penney finds herself fighting to come to terms with her diagnosis and treatment. As those around her distance themselves following her diagnosis, Penney learns that she is her own strongest ally and finds strength and tenacity within herself that even she did not know was there.

Channeling her experiences into Penney, Hutcheson made her a composite of the lives of cancer patients.

"During my six year journey with cancer, I have met hundreds of other patients," says Hutcheson. "The majority of us have the same complaints - the waiting, the expectation that we will automatically do what we are told and the silent retreat of many around us."

Taking the reader through the many facets of the disease, including diagnosis, treatment and coping, Hutcheson wrote Ill Will with the belief that no matter the circumstances, life goes on.

"Many talk about the 'new normal' for cancer patients. We just want to live normal lives," says Hutcheson. "The complications the disease, as well as people around us, throw into our lives do not make it easy, but the individual's human spirit must rise above."

Through the book, Hutcheson urges readers to take their life in their own hands. She stresses the importance of research into the latest cancer treatment. She addresses the social treatment of cancer patients and hopes to empower survivors to avoid taking on other people's views or perceptions. Above all, says Hutcheson, once you choose hope, anything is possible.

Ill Will
By Anne Hutcheson
ISBN: 978-1-4759-5745-7
Paperback: $10.95
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About the author
Anne Hutcheson has enjoyed a successful career in education as a teacher, Director of Special Education and high school administrator. Having battled cancer for six years, she is an active cancer rights advocate and stresses the power of listening, interaction and kindness in life. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three cats. Ill Will is her first book.