Traveling Beyond The Topic of Cancer: The Sisters' Journey


A memoir – spanning two years - about my sister Marianne’s second and final battle with Hodgkins Disease and primary liver cancer told primarily through e-mails written during that period. But it is more. It is the journey of two sisters, who led active lives in between doctors’ appointments, surgery, tests and chemo; who strengthened their relationship and their love through adversity – despite differences in personality.
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About Elissa F. Merkl and Marianne Merkl

Marianne Merkl, (1947-2007), aged 57 years old at time of diagnosis, was already familiar with cancer as this was her second “episode”. She was one of the first support people for ChemoCare, now Cancer Hope Network, started when chemo was in its “infancy” (approx 1983). Through this group, she visited many patients undergoing chemo who wanted to see a “survivor”. She did PSA spots, radio shows and gave talks on the subject. Since she was in the travel industry, co-owning a travel agency with her sister, she even discussed how to travel while undergoing chemo or while in remission.
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Excerpt from the Book

In 1946, Mom was told she was carrying twins! Unfortunately, one of the “twins” was a very large, fibroid tumor. Read more

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ISBN: 9781457530074
224 pages
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