TICONDEROGA - A Ticonderoga woman has inspired a book on cancer survival.
Emily Corwin sparked author Carolyn Rubenstein to write Perseverance, a book of cancer survival stories aimed at inspiring others.
Corwin was diagnosed with cancer the fall of her junior year of high school. She went on to endure 10 months of treatment to include a major surgery that left her on crutches for almost two years.
Through her experience Corwin kept her motivation and humor. The whole family stayed upbeat and positive, regardless of the daunting reality of Corwin's condition.
The family has always had religion as a center of their lives and Corwin drew from this from the start always knowing "I can do this. I'm going to be OK."
Corwin's story is now published in Perseverance a collection of cancer survivor's stories by Rubenstein. All of the proceeds from book sales will go to cancer patients and cancer research.
Perseverance is sold nation wide in all major book stores and locally at LaChute Books in downtown Ticonderoga.
Rubenstein created a not-for-profit organization, Carolyn's Compassionate Children, to help children with cancer and other serious illnesses. It includes scholarships for college-bound cancer survivors.
It was through this website, Corwin applied for a scholarship and Rubenstein became aware of her story.
In June 2005 Rubenstein contacted Corwin to interview her for the book she was starting.
"Emily Corwin planted the seed that grew into Perseverance, the book," Rubenstein said. "Emily was the first person I spoke to about writing a book that would transform lives through a beautiful ripple effect of inspiration, courage, hope and perseverance.
"That was quite a lofty goal for a 20 year old," Rubenstein continued. "However, Emily and her mom, Pat, believed in Perseverance from day one. They supported the vision of the book throughout the four-year writing process. I am forever grateful to Emily for sharing her awe-inspiring wisdom about life."
Corwin's main goal after her treatment finished and her surgery was to graduate high school with her class. Hard work and determination paid off as she accepted her diploma with her Ticonderoga High School class mates in June 2006.
Corwin now attends Utica College studying child psychology. Her experience with cancer helped her to realize her career choice as a child life specialist.
A child life specialist works in a hospital setting to help pediatric patients and their families. They advocate services such as, therapeutic interventions, education on diagnosis and procedure, and grief support.
This fall Corwin is interning at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vt., with to finish her degree and pre-certification requirements.
Corwin will graduate this december with a bachelor's degree, and will start preparing for her certification exam.
After five years Corwin is still cancer free and looks to the future. She uses her experience to help other people, offering simple advice.
"Make it fun. Laugh! Speak your mind, share your concerns and don't be afraid to ask questions," Corwin said.