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Certainly we all have in us a remote (or perhaps more immediate) fear of a cancer diagnosis. What if it wasn’t just any cancer, but one that targets the very area on which your livelihood depends? And what if you knew it could have been prevented?

Some of us might think we’d curl up and expire—but until you’re faced with the reality of it, you never know how you’ll take it. Lorna Brunelle resolved to dig down deep in her soul and find the fight to push through the hardship—and come out the other side a survivor. This dire diagnosis represented not only the potential loss of life, and her marriage, but the loss of her voice—and as a singer, that would be a different kind of death altogether.

Dirty Bombshell is a self help, inspirational memoir of Lorna’s two-year journey with and through thyroid cancer, from diagnosis to recovery. Her story comes at just the right time, raising awareness for what is in fact the fastest-growing cancer in the United States, with new cases cropping up at a rate of approximately 4 percent annually—faster than colon, breast, or kidney cancer. It’s estimated that currently more than 350,000 people in the U.S. are living with thyroid cancer, whose 90 percent recovery rate has inspired its nickname, “the good cancer.”

Dirty Bombshell is the poignant, brave, witty, and inspirational story of a 33 year old girl who is fighting her way back to wellness. Shortly after her diagnosis, she finds herself sitting across the desk from a pompous well known Boston surgeon who blatantly informs her that she may never sing again. Infused with rage and determination, this full scholarship conservatory trained singer, actor and teacher (employed at one of the top casting companies in Boston) fires the surgeon.

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Lorna and Roger from the "Life With A Thyroid" collection!

She follows her heart until she finds the perfect doctor to compliment her expectations. Two days before her operation, she spends hours in a recording studio preserving her voice on CD. Track after track, she wonders if it will be the last time she will sing each song. Six months after her flawless surgery, she had the honor of singing Amazing Grace (in full volume without the amplification of a microphone) at the Bourne National Cemetery for her grandfather's funeral.

Her triumphant story sheds light on a cancer most Americans are in the dark about. Lorna felt compelled to write the book that wasn't on the shelf when she got sick. She wanted to provide a timeline of hope and healing for everyone who has ever felt powerless. What began as a journal and transformed into a book, Dirty Bombshell, walks the reader through Lorna’s first two years with thyroid cancer. From finding the lump to rebuilding a life without a thyroid, Dirty Bombshell will leave readers with hope. The content is written primarily for the patient, but is highly recommended to the family and friends affected by this cancer who may feel separated from their loved ones facing this disease.

This life altering experience has left Lorna with an indelible commitment to bring positive change to the world. Through her volunteer work with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chernobyl Children Project USA Inc., patient advocacy and out reach, and countless fundraising efforts; Lorna is not only raising awareness for thyroid cancer but is living a more meaningful life. By forcing her to evaluate relationships, and rely on the help of family and friends, cancer taught Lorna how to love on a more authentic level which inevitably saved her marriage. This story of faith, forgiveness, strength, hope, courage, tolerance and self discovery will change the way you tackle hardship leaving you with the power to survive and thrive. Dirty Bombshell will help you find your way back to FABULOUS!

" Lorna makes her audience live and fight thyroid cancer with her in a book that should be read."

Bonnie Meroth
Free Lance Journalist
New Hampshire

- I have never had "the good cancer", but my family has been affected by the scourge of this very complicated and pervasive disease. After my mother's death from breast cancer, my father was left to cope with raising my brother, 8 years old, and me, an adolescent girl. His generation had dealt with the Great Depression, World War ll and he stoically carried on with no discussion of feelings of grief. Lorna's very personal narrative about dealing with thyroid cancer is not only filled with useful and practical information, but was cathartic for my own repressed emotions, having suffered much loss from this frightening disease. I laughed, I cried and I healed.

Ellie Osborne, Massachusetts

Lorna with Erica Swartz, Cheri Kelly and Massachusetts
State Rep. Tom O'Brien (12th Plymouth District) in the Massachusetts State House Chamber. Lorna worked as
a volunteer on Tom's campaigns for several years and
chaired a few of his events.

Lorna with student and co-worker Valerie Amaral Miss Massachusetts 2007 at a benefit for the Children's Miracle Network on August 21st, 2007. Lorna placed the highest bid on a special auction item - a signed Manny Ramirez ball.

Click here for pictures from the event.

Lorna with student Hannah Record at the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Intensive July 27th, 2007.

Lorna with her great aunt June and her terminally
ill grandfather Raymond L. Stairs. The photo was
taken 4 months after her surgery and a month
before her grandfather died of lung cancer.

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