“Inoperable brain cancer” was her diagnosis. Essentially, a death sentence for this thirty-two-year-old wife and mom of two little boys. Everything she had known to be true was yanked from her, thrown up in the air, and scattered in all the wrong places. In the mess, she chose to rebuild—reorganize, even—and when it was over she emerged better than before.
Andy will draw you into her story as if you were there the whole time, walking through the storm and the bliss, the broken and the new.
But this isn’t just Andy’s story. It’s all of ours. We’ve all had to pick up the pieces. Maybe you’re still picking them up. Andy shows us how to find life-changing perspective in even the darkest places—a perspective that has the power to heal even your deepest wounds.
You forget how to breathe or speak. Your heart tries to exit your body through your mouth. Consciousness is relative in this moment. Everything is in slow motion, but you can’t actually process any of it.
That is what it feels like when you’ve been told you’re going to die. I know firsthand.
There is fear, of course, but my fear in that moment wasn’t about experiencing death; I was afraid to leave my family to a future that I would not be part of.
I was afraid their memory of me would fade to nothing. That the two little humans whom I had grown in my own body would grow up to be adults without any tangible piece of me to help them navigate life. That the man whose soul was so intertwined with mine would be left broken when my half departed.
I wasn’t about to leave a mess like that. My will to survive became primal. Everything that mattered became my why. Everything that didn’t matter became insignificant. It was all very clear. If there’s one thing a death sentence is good for, it’s perspective.
God was there. I saw how he’d been working up to this moment as I tried to guess his next move. He equally comforted and angered me.
Had that doctor with the big curly hair just said “brain cancer?” Had that other doctor standing next to her just wiped a freaking tear as if to say a final goodbye before we’d ever properly met?!
What thirty-two-year-old knows how to die? I’m in better shape than ever. I’m running a successful business. My family has barely made it past the starting line!
But this is really happening.
I need to cry hard. Then I need to plan a war.
This book is not about fighting cancer. It’s about fighting a battle we all share: the battle to find perspective when we start to spiral. The battle to find intention when we suddenly realize we’ve been living on autopilot. The battle to live a purposeful life when this world wants to trap us into believing that we are victims of circumstance.
What People Are Saying
Andy’s story is a reminder that trials in life are inevitable; however, to have strength, courage, and determination is a choice. This book is powerful and I hope to keep this perspective fresh in my mind consistently. I am so thankful she was able to put her words on paper as reading New Again was a true gift; it is raw, honest, and beautifully told.
This book is excellent, I highly recommend it for anyone who has been through a challenging time in their life, and who hasn’t? My wife and I suffered the loss of a child and this book gives me the courage to tell my story and reach out to others as a source of encouragement like Andy has done in her book. Thank you for sharing your life with us Andy!
From real life to the pages of a book, Andy shares a beautiful story of how she used perspective in overcoming real life trials despite the cards she was being dealt. New Again takes you from brain cancer to bravery and will inspire you from start to finish.
This read was a roller coaster ride of emotions. As Andy shares her journey, you'll find you can't set the book down. Quite simply, amazing!
I am not a reader. I have never enjoyed reading for any reason, my entire life. I watched as Andy posted about her new book and something pulled at my heart to read it. I started reading it today and for the first time in my life I finished a book in one day. I could not put it down. What an amazing story filled with so many emotions. I cried, I laughed and I felt empowered to live in the moment, release my fears to God and to not take these precious days for granted. Thank you Andy for sharing your life struggles and fears. This book is amazing and I know I am not the only one that this book will impact. If you haven’t already, you should definitely get this book because I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Andy shared the highs and lows of her journey with a brain tumor in such a detailed way. I cried, I laughed and I felt inspired after reading the book. I am honored to know this woman personally! She is SO strong in so many ways.
Wow! What a truly inspirational book you can connect with going through ANY adversity. She takes you through the highs, lows and set backs of her journey. Great read! I would recommend this to anyone.
This book made me laugh and cry with moments in between both. Andy does an amazing job of bringing you into her story and feeling her feels. This book gave me the perspective that no matter our own story, we each are continually provided the chance to recreate ourselves, start over and become better than we were.
Andy pours her heart out to her readers in this book. She opens the door and gives you a raw, honest view of what it was like to be given a death sentence and how she came out the opposite side a changed person, a new person. You can’t help but fall in love with her along the way as she offers you the greatest perspectives on facing fear and learning to live again.