Lessons, Learnings, and Insights from a Mother about her Daughter’s Battle with Cancer
By Kenna P. Marriott
Jeannine Mongelli was forty years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a two year battle and a short remission, the cancer metastasized in her backbone. It was aggressive and incurable. In Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda, author Kenna P. Marriott, Jeannine’s mother, shares her daughter’s intimate story. It weaves both mother’s and daughter’s perspectives, feelings, and points of view to show the impact of cancer on the patient and the family. Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda follows Jeannine from just before her breast cancer diagnosis and through the next seven and a half years. It reveals the progression of her illness, the milestones that held the greatest lessons, and Marriott’s response as a loving mother. It covers the end of Jeannine’s struggle and what happened after her death, because the story doesn’t end there. Enlightening and inspiring, Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda presents both a tribute to Jeannine and a self-help guide to assist other patients and families who are facing the challenges of dealing with a life-threatening illness or struggling with loss and death. This memoir reveals one woman’s battle with cancer so others understand what she endured and get a glimpse of what they might encounter. It communicates that catastrophic illness is not just one person’s disease; it impacts everyone who cares about them.