Happiness through Hardship by Caryn SullivanLike a good friend holding your hard, Caryn Sullivan’s Happiness Through Hardship: A Guide and Journal for Cancer Patients, Their Caregivers and Friends During an Initial Diagnosis is the support a cancer patient needs. This book empowers and supplies readers with ways to take immediate steps so they are prepared, less stressed and able to find joy in their journey.

Happiness Through Hardship reaches to those facing an initial cancer diagnosis with positivity and hope. This book provides readers with thoughtful tips and anecdotes that will provide support from the first few days through the thick of treatments.

As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Caryn knows how challenging those first few weeks can be and she designed this book based on what she wished she had after her initial diagnosis – a short, informative read with easy-to-digest tips alongside a journal for her unfolding thoughts and a place for doctor’s visit notes.

In addition to being helpful for the patient, Happiness Through Hardship also provides caregivers and friends with tips on guidance on how they can support.

Half of the net profits of this book are being donated to metastatic breast cancer research through The Cancer Couch Foundation in honor of the three angels – Ellen, Mary Ann and Meghan – that Caryn had guiding her throughout the early months.

Happiness through Hardship: A Guide and Journal for Cancer Survivors, Their Caregivers and Friends During an Initial Diagnosis
Caryn Sullivan | June 27, 2019 |Balboa Press
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-9822-2755-5 (hc) $30.95
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-9822-2756-2 (sc) $13.99
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-9822-2757-9 (e)
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 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)

Section II – Journal

Section III – Notes

Happiness through Hardship is available where all books are sold – Amazon, Barnes & Noble or ask a local bookstore for a copy. For bulk purchase, contact book wholesalers, the Balboa Press channel sales department or reach out to

In addition to helping those going through hardship with this book, 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 last year’s ebook 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