Author: Crissa Constantine
I was diagnosed with invasive ovarian cancer in July 2005, and had two major operations, three rounds of chemo, and six weeks of radiation. The counseling I received during my chemo treatments helped me to shed all my negative, self- critical thoughts and paved the way toward total self-love and self- acceptance. The last 12 years have been the happiest in my entire life, and I sincerely want to help everyone reach that same level of happiness. After reading about my cancer journey, I am sure that many people will be able to stand in front of a mirror and say, “ I love you” for the first time.
Crissa was born in Vancouver and spent several childhood and teenage years in Athens and in St. Louis. She studied Science, English, Music and Education and earned an M. A in Music from CWRU in Cleveland and an M. Ed from LSU in Shreveport. Her first book, Banished from the Homeland, is the true story of her Estonian mother’s dramatic escape from Stalin’s reign of terror. Broken Doll is a romance novel. She composes, records and performs classical piano music and volunteers for cancer charities. She lives close to Victoria on Vancouver Island.