In college, I was diagnosed with cancer - a type of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma - and I underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment during my sophomore year. I created an illustrated booklet about the experience, called Chrysalis: Cancer & Healing Storybook both to help me gain closure and to be a resource for others.

I feel deeply called to contribute my truth, beauty and my hope to this world. We need to share our stories. It is healing to write that story down and then let it go do its work in the world. It is healing to discover someone else’s story that has just the pieces of truth and recognition you needed at that time in life. Do you want to read my story online? Click one of the pages below and scroll through to learn my story. Feel free to save (right-click and save the image) any individual page(s) that speak to you!

Download a copy for yourself or to share

You can also download a PDF copy of Chrysalis and save it or print it out and share it by clicking the download button below. The download copy is free! After you download, if you are moved to pay something for it, you can optionally pay any amount. Just click the big pink "Pay Any Amount You Choose" button below, you will be taken to a blank Paypal Checkout page - enter the amount that you wish to pay in the "Price Per Item" field and then click "Continue" to pay. After the payment is complete, click the button to return to my website (annamieka.com) and you will be directed to the download page. Thank you!

Purchase a printed copy

I also have a limited number of printed copies of this book.  If you'd like to purchase a printed copy, click below to place your order. In your printed copy, I'm happy to add a handwritten note specifically for you or a loved one diagnosed with cancer or another life threatening illness. Please specify what you want me to write in the note, and I'll personalize it before I ship it out.

Let's lift each other up!