In honor of Young Adult Cancer Awareness, I am honored to have the opportunity to share this book with you. Written by Regine, a Norwegian teen battling cancer and clinging to normalcy, this the touching, beautiful story of her final fight. This is a book perfect for teens who know someone struggling with the disease or who may be facing it themselves. It touched my heart.
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Regine’s Book: A Teen Girl’s Last Words
DIARY OF A DYING GIRL:
17- year-old blogs about living with leukemia and accepting death
Regine Stokke began her blog after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in 2008. Her goal was to paint a realistic picture of what it’s like battling a life-threatening illness—and to share her experience with the world. During the 15 months Regine was sick and to her death she transformed from an average teenage girl, upset that she doesn’t have a private hospital room, to a grateful and humble young woman with a deep appreciation for the beauty all around her.
Regine’s Book is Regine’s story, as it was written on her blog, and is supplemented with a selection of photos as well as comments from blog readers and entries from those who loved her most. The book deals with all the facets of living with cancer, from the good days to the bad and everything in between.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about people who permanently lose their hair,” wrote Regine, who had lost her own hair due to chemotherapy. “Can people actually get used to it? I haven’t. Society today is obsessed with looks. [But] I wore a wig to the hospital today and finally avoided all the stares. That felt good…”
At an age when Regine’s biggest concern should have been what dress she was going to wear to prom, she was worrying about whether or not the wig she’s wearing looks natural and about all the things she may soon be leaving behind. “The fear of no longer existing never goes away,” Regine laments only a few months before her death. “I’m afraid to leave the world and I don’t want to do it. I think about my family, and about my friends. I have to fight for them. I can’t leave them behind with that sorrow. I have to try everything I can, despite how bleak everything looks.”
It was this incredible hope and love for others that carried Regine through the 15 months of her illness. During this time she also had her photographs displayed in a museum exhibit, attended concerts, enjoyed her friends and family and advocated for others to register as blood and bone marrow donors. Regine’s Book shows her as a typical teenager in a terrifying situation, with an amazing will to live, and the lessons she learned have relevance for all of us. Through her eyes, readers will discover a more vivid world—and a new appreciation for life, art, and the power of the human spirit.
Regine Stokke was a lover of life—a poet, photographer, blogger, and leukemia patient, who blogged about her devastating struggle with the illness and shared her story with a world of strangers. Originally published in her homeland of Norway, Regine’s Book was awarded the Norwegian Literature Abroad (NORLA) foundation for a translation grant.
If you'd like to visit Regine's blog, it's written in her native Norwegian, and can be found HERE:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Regine Stokke began to blog about her day-to-day life shortly after she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008. Regine’s stated purpose with her posts was to give people a sense of "what it's like to live with" such a serious illness, and her blog became an almost instant classic. It was first adapted into book form in 2010, and became a bestseller in Norway. Regine was also a gifted photographer, and had her photos exhibited at both the 2009 and the 2010 Nordic Light photography festivals in Kristiansund.
Henriette Larsen (translator) grew up in Switzerland and the U.S., speaking Norwegian at home. She has fond memories of beautiful summers (but no winters) in Norway. She earned a Bachelor's degree in French Literature from Pomona College and completed graduate coursework in French and Comparative Literature at SFSU. Henriette lives in San Francisco.
Social Media links:
- Facebook profile: HERE
- Facebook page: HERE
- Pinterest: HERE
- Twitter: HERE
- Instagram: HERE
- Goodreads: HERE
Regine's Book at Zest Books: HERE
Regine’s Book on Goodreads: HERE
Regine’s Book LibraryThing: HERE
Books can be purchased from these online booksellers,
as well as from any bookstore:
- IndieBound [and your favorite independent bookseller by extension!]
- Barnes and Noble
- The Book Depository (free shipping internationally to any country):
- Zest Books Regine's Book page also has a “buy now” button: