"The year 1985 is drawing to a close. I am 25 and pregnant with my first child, and something just feels wrong." In Tiger in the Dark, Marisette Edwards-van Linden van den Heuvell shares the harrowing and yet uplifting story of her fight with cancer. Since she was 12 years old, she held two deep beliefs: that she wanted and would have children, and that she would not live to see her 30th birthday. These beliefs remained submerged until circumstances brought them into direct conflict, when they met head on in 1985. Well into her first pregnancy, an odd and unexpected ache in her shoulder changed her happy life. The diagnosis of this seemingly insignificant ache was one no one ever wants to hear - a rare cancer called sarcoma. Tiger in the Dark follows Marisette's fight with cancer compounded by her first pregnancy, which occurred at the same time. The experience, told through diary entries, is a detailed account of the emotions, setbacks and victories she bravely faced.
Cover Image by: David L. Edwards.
Marisette L. Edwards-van Linden van den
Marisette Edwards van-Linden van den Heuvell was born in the Netherlands and is currently a Pittsburgh-based software engineer who has managed to survive 30 years longer than nature apparently intended. Today, Marisette is an avid rower, competing nationally. She is the mother of two sons, her pride and joy. Marisette's love of writing is inspired by her vivid memories and in-depth research of life and family. In her own words, "Such information seems too interesting to keep to myself."
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