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Breast Cancer Survivor Darlene Arnold Gore Inspires in Her Memoir

Henry Paris and Darlene A. Gore
Henry Paris and Darlene A. Gore

Ten years ago a speech-language pathologist was driving home to Jackson from Memphis, her shoulders weighed down by the heavy news: “You have cancer.” Doctors told her she wouldn’t live to see her younger daughter graduate from the University of Mississippi like her family nor her older daughter marry and eventually become a mother.

Darlene Arnold Gore called a friend, Henry Paris, then a banker in Indianola, Mississippi and a key figure in implementing the Paris-Yates Chapel on university grounds, and asked if he could help her get into the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Within hours, he garnered her a doctor’s visit. His immediate willingness to help was one of many factors that made her victory a reality. Now she is cancer-free and is ready to help others cope with their diagnoses.

Gore fought the harrowing diagnosis of Stage Four breast cancer and is now cancer-free. She’s healthy enough to work as as a speech-language pathologist, live with her husband in Grenanda and spoil their four grandchildren. Gore has learned invaluable lessons from the battle and shares them all in her memoir: I Have Cancer. I Want to Live.: The True Story of an Unlikely Outcome with Honest and Practical Suggestions for Those Who Want to Be Supportive (WestBow Press).

Her goal with this book is to give readers a practical guide to facing cancer with the help of God, family and friends. The book is more than just a personal memoir to her: it is a guide to help cancer patients and their loved ones cope with fear.

She said, “This book can serve as not only a resource but also inspiring hope for the journey ahead. For the survivor, this book can help celebrate victories and inspire them to help others in real, meaningful ways.”

Gore believes despite different cancerous diagnoses that there are three steps every cancer patient should follow: motivation for the fight, include others into the fight and learning to encourage others through their cancer battles.

This book is available in hardcover, softcover and as an e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at Westbow Publishers. Turnrow Books in Greenwoods and Lemuria Books in Jackson also have this book in stock.


Callie Daniels Bryant is the senior managing editor at HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at callie.daniels@hottytoddy.com.

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