Author Lauren Segal has stared cancer in the face four times - all before she was 55 years old.
She has shared her story in a remarkable memoir called Cancer - A Love Story, born from a series of journal entries.
Segal says putting her story on paper was a very healing and empowering process.
I started writing the book as a journal when I was going through my various treatments.— Lauren Segal, author and cancer survivor
I joined a writing group who encouraged me greatly... I put the story down on paper and I'm very happy I have.— Lauren Segal, author and cancer survivor
There's something about the writing process that has an incredible way of allowing you to take control of very difficult feelings.— Lauren Segal, author and cancer survivor
It's a tricky disease... Would the cancer come back? That was the million dollar question. It was a game of Russian roulette.— Lauren Segal, author and cancer survivor
Take a listen to her moving story and writing journey: