Like a good friend, holding your hand, Caryn Sullivan’s Happiness through Hardship: A Guide for Cancer Patients, Their Caregivers and Friends During an Initial Cancer Diagnosis is the support a cancer patient, caregiver or friend needs during the first few weeks after diagnosis. This cancer guide book empowers them and supplies detailed action items to take immediate steps so they are prepared, less-stressed and able to find a little joy within their journey.

Happiness through Hardship by Caryn Sullivan

Happiness through Hardship directs those facing an initial cancer diagnosis with positivity and hope. Structured with thoughtful tips and anecdotes throughout, this short book provides gentle guidance from the first few days to being in the thick of treatments.

After being through cancer diagnoses herself, Caryn understands the importance of a book that’s easily digestible and not overwhelmingly long. Her intention is to provide a little light during those dark days. The first few weeks after diagnosis is often most challenging. Caryn was blessed to have had three angels, Ellen, Mary Ann and Meghan guiding her throughout the early months. This book is dedicated to them.

 Chapter Breakdown:

Chapter 1 – The Calm Before the Storm

Chapter 2 – The First Few Days

Chapter 3 – Your Coping and Care

Chapter 4 – Google is Not My Doctor

Chapter 5 – How to Call the Shots

Chapter 6 – What About the Money?

Chapter 7 – In the Thick of Treatment

Chapter 8 – Finding Joy in the Little Things

Chapter 9 – Take Small Steps to Take Care of Yourself (foreshadowing the SMALL steps formula)

Happiness through Hardship: A Guide for Cancer Patients, Their Caregivers and Friends During an Initial Cancer Diagnosis is available via Amazon Kindle and the Kindle App on Macs, PCs and smartphones. Half of the net profits from book sales will be donated to metastatic breast cancer research through The Cancer Couch Foundation. Check out our segment discussing the release of the book on WTNH-TV.

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Looking to meet Caryn? Hire her to share her story. She also facilitates seminars and keynote presentations on resiliency, positivity or wellness in the workplace. Check out her business website and demo reel at She can be reached at