By Jessica Hoover
Fishers resident Sarah E. Morin, recently wrote a short story inspired by her mother, Brenda Morin, that was published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, Live Happy.”
The book includes 101 stories about people using a constructive mindset to achieve success, come back from trauma or disasters, reboot their lives and more.
“When I was trying to think of someone who really exemplified that theme, I thought of my mom,” Morin said. “I thought the story would be a lovely way to honor her.”
Morin’s story was written about a difficult time for her family, during her mother’s battle with breast cancer. Fifteen years ago, Brenda was diagnosed with cancer and had to go through chemo radiation and surgery. The story is written from Morin’s perspective, as the daughter watching her mother go through the emotions of the diagnosis and the fear of the unknown.
“When you get that kind of a diagnosis, you feel like you’ve been hit over the head,” Brenda said. “One of the first things that my husband and I started doing was creating a list of survivors. People that we knew who had been through this and out the other side.”
Morin said her mother did many things to take the situation and make it more positive, even sometimes finding humor in having cancer.
“One of the things that I talk about in the story is that since we knew she was going to lose her hair during chemo, we went wig shopping,” Morin said. “It was like we were in a Halloween costume shop. We had so much fun trying those on; we were giggling. Since it was a cancer shop, people were like, ‘Why is a cancer patient laughing?’ But it was a very therapeutic way to handle those fears.”
Brenda said the support from her family and friends was what kept her positive during her battle. She has been cancer-free for 15 years.
To buy the book, visit amazon.com/Chicken-Soup-Soul-Positive-Creating/dp/161159992X.