Local Author Lorna J. Brunelle releases DIRTY BOMBSHELL just in time for the holidays.


On December 19th, 2010, at 7PM, at The Alley Theatre located at 133 Center Street in Middleboro, a signing will be held for Lorna J. Brunelle's book DIRTY BOMBSHELL-FROM THYROID CANCER BACK TO FABULOUS! The signing is open to the public and is free of charge. Desserts will be served and a cash bar will be on site. For more information visit dirtybombshell.net or call 508-946-1071

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? 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 J. 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. Her story raises awareness for what is, in fact, the fastest-growing cancer in the United States, with new cases cropping up at a rate of approximately four percent annually—faster than colon or breast cancer. In 2008, 35,000 new cases of thyroid cancer were diagnosed. It's estimated that more than 350,000 people in the U.S. are living with thyroid cancer.

Dirty Bombshell is the poignant and brave story of a 33 year old girl who is fighting her way back to wellness. Her triumphant story sheds light on a cancer most Americans are in the dark about. 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!

As an actor, singer, writer, producer, and teacher, Lorna J. Brunelle has always had a passion for the arts. A tireless volunteer, with an indelible commitment to bring positive change, she is dedicated to a range of causes.

What people are saying about the book...

A treasured read. I learned, laughed, and cried. I will pass on this remarkable resource. - Dawn Eger Rizzo, Thyroid Cancer Survivor

Unflappable, witty, honest, and inspirational describe Lorna’s exploration of her journey. As a survivor of kidney cancer, I was awed, captivated, and encouraged by the positive nature of Lorna’s personal philosophy. - Marsha E. Bergquist, Cancer Survivor

Having suffered much loss from this disease, Lorna's narrative about dealing with thyroid cancer is not only filled with useful and practical information, but was cathartic for my own repressed emotions. I laughed, I cried, and I healed. - Ellie Osborne

Lorna has the innate gift of bringing light, laughter, and hope while sharing her journey with readers. I was pulled in by her honesty and even laughed out loud at times. - Linda Joy, Publisher

Main Entry: dirty bomb-shell
Function: noun
Date: 2005
: a former bombshell beauty fighting thyroid cancer in the Nuclear Medicine Department of a hospital about to ingest a purple radioactive radiation pill that will make her a contagious toxic human dirty bomb.

Lorna J. Brunelle
A graduate of the Boston Conservatory, Lorna J. Brunelle has dedicated her life to fostering creativity and self-expression through art. As the owner of The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts and The Alley Theatre, a teacher and casting associate at Boston Casting Inc., the official vocal coach for the Miss Massachusetts Pageant and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Lorna spends most of her days behind a camera or music stand. She is active in the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary's efforts to support thyroid cancer patients and research, and was featured in their 2008 documentary, and several issues of their magazine. In 2010, The Boston City Council proclaimed October 22 Lorna J. Brunelle Day for her community service and humanitarian efforts. Lorna lives with her husband Roger in the Ebenezer Soule House in Middleboro, Massachusetts.

For information on Lorna visit www.DirtyBombShell.net

Dirty Bombshell-From Thyroid Cancer Back to Fabulous is the witty, poignant, brave, and inspirational story of a 33 year old girl who finds herself diagnosed with thyroid cancer 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 professional singer, actor and teacher employed at one of the top casting agencies in Boston; fires the doctor and follows her heart until she finds the perfect surgeon to complement 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. In 2008, studies released that Thyroid Cancer is the cancer with the fastest rising incidents of any malignancy in the United States. With new cases increasing at a rate of approximately 4% annually it is rising faster than colon or kidney cancer in men and faster in women than breast cancer. Occurring three times more often in women than in men, thyroid cancer ranks in the top ten cancers diagnosed in women. Over 350,000 people in the U.S. are living with a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. Thyroid Cancer has a ninety percent recovery rate making it the good cancer.

Lorna Brunelle felt compelled to write the book that wasn’t on the shelf when she got sick and wanted to provide a timeline of hope and healing for all everyone that has ever felt powerless. This twenty four month journal walks the reader through the early stages of a life with thyroid cancer. From finding the lump to rebuilding an existence without a thyroid, Dirty Bombshell will hold your hand as you encounter each new phase of the disease. This book reminds us that it’s okay to be a little crazy, a lot angry, and a splash selfish. The content is written primarily for the patient, but is highly recommended to the family and friends affected by this cancer that may feel separated from their loved ones upon diagnoses.

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, The Chernobyl Children’s Project USA, patient advocacy and out reach and countless fundraising efforts; she is not only raising awareness for thyroid cancer but living a more meaningful life. By forcing her to evaluate relationships, explore and redefine her identity and rely on the help of family and friends, cancer taught Lorna how to love on a more authentic level which inevitably even 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 in the face of adversity.

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