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Rachel Engstrom
  • Saint Paul, MN
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Something About Me and My Book:
“Wife, Widow, Now What?” is based on my young cancer wife, then widow and beyond experience. It’s written to help those going through the cancer world, supporters, caregivers etc- with a plethora of resources, along with my journey.  It’s the first if its kind.

On the local news in Minneapolis.

I wrote this in honor of my late husband, to help others who have walked, are walking and may walk one day ~in my shoes. 

“Some days I think that if I didn't have "Grayson" tattooed on my wrist, I'd never believe that it happened. When I think back on the girl who went through everything in this book...I cannot believe she faced and tackled so many fires and wars and still came out on the other side."

When Rachel was 28 years old, her husband was diagnosed with leukemia. What they thought was the flu after working too many hours, turned out to be the life altering illness that would forever change everything they knew. Rachel became a cancer wife, manager, team cheerleader and expert juggler at life, while supporting her husband throughout his illness, until he died two days after she turned 31. She had to reboot her life and learn how to start over as a widow, without a map or guidebook to lead her. Rachel's humor, moxie and faith helped get her through the cancer world, and survive the calamity of errors that kept-on coming after he died. She fought tooth and nail to survive and is thankful for everything that brought her to present day, despite how hard it was to get there. She wishes she had had this advice and a story to reference when she was in the jungles of her cancer life and widowhood. Her hope is to provide you with some laughter, comfort, solace and guidance on your own journey, whether it be through the world of cancer, or any other life challenges.

Wife, Widow, Now What? chronicles Rachel’s journey using her narrative along with original Facebook, CaringBridge and Instagram posts, while giving resources on how to navigate cancer diagnosis, treatment, insurance, disability, finances, health care directives, emotions, patient and caregiver self-care and support, and much more.

This is the first of its kind to be written in this hybrid style of a memoir and self-help by a cancer spouse/significant other for other spouses/significant others or those navigating the cancer process.

In addition Rachel includes all the music she listened to during her journey, if you'd like to make a playlist for your reading pleasure.

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