ROSEBORO — After overcoming a tough battle with a brain tumor, Valawaugn McCain is ready to tell her story.
The local poet and writer is telling a portion of her journey in “Fight for Your Life: The Journey,” a book about being diagnosed with an astrocytoma brain tumor when she was 19. As a survivor and mother of three, she hopes her words and faith encourages others.
“It’s a book encouraging people not to give up,” she said. “You have so many people who can’t express what they’re going through.”
During her high school years, a lot of people did not understand what she was going through.
“Especially at a young age, going through cancer and having to take radiation and chemo,” McCain said.
At that time, doctors gave her three to five years to live. That horrifying moment occurred more than two decades ago.
“I’ve been living for 21 years, dealing and coping with what I call a ‘beast,’” McCain said. “It definitely changes your life, but it’s a doable life and I want people to know that. There’s a rainbow on the other side of this storm, if they don’t give up.”
McCain also expressed how many people believe that they’re the only person going through a struggle. But there’s millions of people battling incurable diseases such as cancer. McCain said her book also helps anyone going through struggles of hopelessness.
“If create an atmosphere for yourself and you create affirmation over your life daily, you can get through this with God’s help,” she said.
“Fight for Your Life: The Journey” is the first of an upcoming series of motivational books centered around her life. She also wants to spread words of hope through conferences and hospital visits.
“Just because it’s a diagnosis, doesn’t mean it’s your demise,” she said. “I’m a living example of how you can fight and win. A three to five year diagnosis of dying, takes something out of you. You have to fight and you have to press forward. You have to make up in your mind that you’re not going to give up.”
Valawaugn will be signing her books during an event titled “Passions Beyond Poetry” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at Ribeyes Steakhouse, 100 Westover Road, Clinton. McCain has hosted several poetry events at various locations throughout Sampson County.
Additional information about her book or access is available through her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Valawaugnthesurvivor and www.goo.gl/8HjsJM. The book which is published by Outskirts Press, Inc. is available through Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.