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CalmandStrong: Acknowledgments

I published my autobiography “CalmandStrong: Some People Walk in Each Other’s Shoes… I Carry Mine” in March, and I’ve been marketing it on my social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tumblr.

Before I wrote the first draft of my book, I decided to become an inspirational speaker, and I joined Toastmasters at CSUSB to help sharpen my skills as an inspirational speaker. I also started volunteering at Loma Linda Children Hospital to help other children, teenagers, and young adults who were battling cancer and going through chemotherapy.

My goal with “CalmandStrong” was to give hope to others who have been through similar situations as myself. I participated at Toastmasters at CSUSB and volunteered at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital to help me break out of my “shy” shell. I wanted to be confident while talking about my experiences and realities of being a two-time cancer survivor and hip amputee.

All the studying, researching, and being able to express myself through speaking and writing eventually helped me in the long run because I completed 20 overall speeches for Toastmasters at CSUSB, and 221 volunteer hours at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, which is the same hospital where I did my chemotherapy treatment as a teenager.

On April 2nd, I posted a message on Facebook detailing that my book was available for sale, and it was accompanied by an image of me holding the paperback version of my book. A lot of my Facebook friends and family showed a lot support and were interested in buying a copy.

I put out my book independently with help from the Fiverr community, and although it was a lot of hard work. It was worth it because there aren’t many stories about a student who had knee cancer twice, lung cancer, a knee replacement, and a leg amputation during their four years of high school.

I feel my story is a superhero story, and it made sense to compare my story to my favorite superhero: Cole MacGrath from the inFAMOUS videogame franchise.

When people pick up a copy of my book, I hope they receive an emotional understanding of what a person must endure while fighting life threatening illnesses (cancer), and the psychosocial aspects of losing a limb (hip amputee).

“CalmandStrong is dedicated to all people from all ages that have ever experienced a serious illness, especially the teenagers and young adults who have sadly passed away from their illnesses.”

- Darryl C. Richie

I hope you enjoy my superhero story.

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* On April 1st, I asked my sister if she read my book, and she said she was a few chapters into it. I asked her if there was anything she found out that she didn’t know about me. She didn’t know how severe constipation was for me while I was doing chemotherapy at 14 years old. She also said she was at work while reading the eBook, and it was hard for her to put it down, which is a great sign that CalmandStrong has the potential of being a great book.

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I do not own any content displayed from inFAMOUS (2009). The images displayed were captured and lifted from my personal playthrough of the original inFAMOUS video game.

No Copyright Intended. All content is copyright to their respective owners. All image is property of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), developed by Sucker Punch Productions.

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