Not My Mother's Journey
Released in January 2011 Heather St.Aubin-Stoutʼs memoir Not My Motherʼs Journey has been called ʻa must readʼ ʻopen & honestʼ ʻan excellent addition to your personal library.ʼ ʻHer voice as an author is very real,ʼ writes one reviewer. Comments from readers echo the same response; ʻI couldnʼt put it down!ʼ ʻ Inspirationalʼ ʻHer words were a comfort to me, I could relate to what she was writing about.ʼ
Within the first six months of itʼs release NMMJ was awarded a Readerʼs Favorite five star review and The Catholic Writerʼs Guild Seal of Approval. To date over 500 copies have sold and sheʼs partnered with over ten non-profits to raise over $1000 for their groups (by donating a portion of book sales sold at events back to the group).
After two diagnosis with breast cancer in 2006 and 2007 Heather decided to write a memoir about her experience. Embarking in a new direction from her past career of architecture, raising children and volunteering she plunged into the world of her first love, writing. Soon realizing this was just part of the career of an author, she embraced the marketing and speaking aspect necessary since the release eighteen months ago.
Her new journey continued to unfold after a book tour throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Michigan. She found her niche market leading to partnerships with smaller nonprofit breast cancer groups speaking, signing, and raising funds for and with these groups.
She also speaks at local hospital support groups and American Cancer Society events. She passionately talks about her experiences as a caregiver to her mom in 1986-87 and a patient in 2006-2008, encouraging women to open themselves up by sharing and gaining a support network. She is an advocate of early detection, awareness, performing BSE and when old enough yearly mammograms.
Continuing events at several book stores on the Gulf Coast four times a year, sheʼs found that each book signing in the tourist area along 30A brings someone who needs to hear her message. Also during the summer of 2012 she will be speaking at a series of ʻCoffee & A Causeʼ fundraisers for ACS Making Strides for Breast Cancer South Atlantic Division, The Southern Womenʼs Show in Charlotte, NC, and several smaller venues. Her book was chosen for the inaugural book club meeting started for the support group Guide Posts of Strength at High Point Regional Hospital in High Point, NC.
Her book is on the shelves of resource libraries through out the United States. She has been featured in several breast cancer organizationsʼ newsletters and has written several guest blogs for organizations such as Living Beyond Breast Cancer, The Pink Fund, The Pink-Link, Best Life After Breast Cancer, My Shoes My Story, The Breast Cancer Site, and Catholic Mom.com.
She continues to balance her new passion with family life, exercise, spiritual life, and time for relaxation by reading, drinking wine by the fire during winter and the pool during summer!