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Breast-cancer Survivor Releases Photographic Memoir on Her Cancer Journey

SPRINGFIELD — Leslie Lawrence, a retired marketing strategist in the region, has released her memoir, I’m a lucky woman: A Photographic Memoir of a Breast Cancer Survivor, and will host an event on Monday, Oct. 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m at the East Forest Park branch of the Springfield libraries.

Lawrence was a product manager for Milton Bradley early in her career and later founded and led an ad agency for 20 years in Springfield called TSM Design. In its early years, TSM served clients such as Milton Bradley, Friendly’s, Random House, and Apple. Lawrence retired early to enjoy her family and continue her passion for volunteering and moved from Longmeadow to Dartmouth in 2013.

Lawrence will read and sign her book, a memoir told through deftly crafted stories and amplified with meaningful haikus, humor, and photographs that are revealing, raw, and real. The book shines a light on Lawrence’s experiences, including her clinical treatment, which is painstakingly documented, and her creative musings on her emotional journey. “The book is an offering of hope,” she said.

For most of her life, Lawrence expected a cancer diagnosis as her mother and two aunts also battled the disease. Lawrence’s diagnosis came in 2016, when she was 66. Five years later, she reached the cancer-free milestone. To celebrate, she penned her memoir to give hope to other women experiencing the same diagnosis.

I’m a lucky woman can be purchased at leslielawrenceauthor.com, where details of her event schedule and more information about the book can also be found.