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Author and Cancer Survivor – Lisabeth Mackall Inculcates Important Lessons in Life

Prior to her diagnosis, Lisabeth published her first book following her husband’s traumatic brain injury and the journey they faced as he fought for his life.

Cottage Grove, MN, USA – WEBWIRE

“Life is meant to be lived differently than most of us have been – living it coasting through and not seeing the amazing joy and beauty around us, within us, is a wasted life”.

Lisabeth Mackall was already a published author when she was forced to face another trying time in her life - this time, it’s a cancer diagnosis. Lisabeth was her genuine self in this emotional journey from the initial diagnosis to telling her family, friends and colleagues, through the process of trying to live. In her memoir “Dying to Live Your Life: Why Does It Take Facing Death to Live Your Best Life?” Lisabeth shows us how to find life and asks us to find life before facing death.
What does it take to live the best life? According to Lisabeth, there should not need to be a catalyst to finding one’s best life, however in her case, she was faced with cancer. Having that illness needed not be the beginning of her journey, since people can choose a foundation of their story. What is significant for a person is something that marks their life and brings change.
Prior to her cancer diagnoses, Lisabeth was already seen as a resilient fighter, someone who forged ahead in trying times. How could she not after spending years diligently caring for her husband and working to keep their family moving forward after his traumatic brain injury? She was able to continue her day-to-day tasks without faltering or worrying what would happen next. She chose to face each day with purpose.
Having little or no knowledge of what lies ahead is frightening, but Lisabeth was courageous enough to face her battle with breast cancer. Cancer, or any illness, means a person has taken a huge detour from what their previous life plan had been. You face these moments so that life can last with hope. “It is how you respond to the changes in life that make you who you are,” said Lisabeth. “Whatever the result, you have the power to face this with the strength and dignity that you want to bring to it.”
The memoir received great reviews from book reviewers. Manhattan Book Review’s Jennifer Padgett, who gave the book 4.5 stars out of 5, wrote “She (Mackall) writes with candor, simplicity, and authenticity about a subject that deserves attention… Her words exude courage, determination, and optimism…”
Maria Hughes of The US Review of Books named the memoir “a poignant read that summons the soul to drink deeper of life and not to sleep-walk through it.” She wrote “Mackall’s entries, however, are not meant to be just a glimpse into her mind. She seeks neither pity nor sympathy. Rather, she uses these experiences to be a clarion call to the reader.”
San Francisco Book Review’s Rachel Dehning called Mackall “an excellent example of a motivational speaker, constantly reminding people to savor the small things in life—the sunshine, the smells, and sights of nature—to really grasp what is important in life to help you to calm yourself.”
Arron Washington of Pacific Book Review commends the book for teaching readers “about embracing life the way it is, taking care of ourselves, showing optimism and having a positive attitude during bad days, and moving on when terrible things happen to us.”
“Telling her story not only creates awareness but also gives us an insight as to what cancer patients go through,” said Washington in his review.
Susan Miller of Seattle Book Review found the book to be “an honest, heartfelt, and well-written book” and said the book made her “believe even more strongly in the importance of the here and now.”
Tulsa Book Review’s Kristi Elizabeth, who gave it all five stars, said she “really enjoyed this book because it was a true-life story that the author was brave enough to share and publish,” commenting “It was very therapeutic.”
Lastly, a key ingredient to living the best one is acceptance or surrendering one’s self to the powers that be. “We are not in control of so much around us, and when we give that up, and just BE in our days, life suddenly changes.” That’s true. Lisabeth may not know all the answers. In fact, her questions outnumbered her answers. But no matter what, she just enjoyed even the smallest details in life. The more she worries, the more cancer worsens.
After all, Lisabeth “ate cancer” for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But that didn’t turn her desperate. She decided to live on the facts – facts that would soon turn everything about the unpleasant into better ones.
What other important lessons can be drawn from Lisabeth’s life journey? Find out more from Lisabeth Mackall’s book “Dying to Live Your Life.” Now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Dying to Live Your Life: Why Does It Take Facing Death to Live Your Best Life?
Author | Lisabeth Mackall
Publisher | ReadersMagnet LLC
Published Date | January 16, 2019
Genre | Biography & Autobiography
ISBN-10 | 1949981177
ISBN-13 | 978-1949981179
Paperback Price | $12.10
About the Author
Lisabeth Mackall is a mother, a daughter, a speech pathologist and a cancer survivor. She became an author after her husband, a law enforcement officer in Savage Minnesota, was involved in a car crash that almost ended his life. Using her natural ability to connect with people, Lisabeth recently documented her courageous battle with breast cancer, and began a new journey of forging ahead under trying circumstances.

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