Local author Andrea Wilson Woods will be signing her debut medical memoir Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days at Little Professor on Friday, November 16 from 1-3pm.
Adrienne Wilson is a depressed, suicidal teenager—until the day she receives a diagnosis of stage IV liver cancer. Facing the fight of her life, Adrienne discovers how much she wants to live. In Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days, Andrea Wilson Woods chronicles her sister’s remarkable life from the time she was born to the day she dies at age fifteen. Written like a journal, Andrea takes the reader inside her and Adrienne’s journey explaining how she gained custody of Adrienne from their mother and how the sisters’ relationship evolved over time. Adrienne’s courageous spirit shines through as she squeezes more life into 147 days than most people do in a lifetime. From meeting Jay Leno to spending the day with Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, Adrienne makes every moment count. As she lay dying, Adrienne teaches Andrea how to live.
Andrea Wilson Woods is a writer who loves to tell stories, and a patient advocate who founded the nonprofit Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, a for-profit, social-benefit, digital health company. With Cancer U, Andrea synergizes her talents of coaching, writing, teaching, and advocacy. For over ten years, Andrea worked in the education field as a teacher and professor for public and private schools as well as universities. Andrea obtained her master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California; her nonfiction writing has won national awards.
Praise for Better Off Bald:
“Andrea tells an extraordinary story of courage and persistence important for all patients with liver and other cancers to read. Her strength and hope continue in her perpetual fight against the disease as a tireless advocate for others facing the same devastating diagnosis.” — KABIR MODY, MD, ONCOLOGIST, MAYO CLINIC
“Better Off Bald is the beautiful and painful true story of how the author lovingly shepherds her sister Adrienne through diagnosis and treatment of advanced liver cancer, striking at far too young an age. I wish for every doctor and medical trainee to read this book. Andrea Wilson Woods’ words bring to vivid life both the devastation—as well as moments of joy—that flooded these sisters’ lives as they navigated the medical system, faced cancer, experienced suffering and courage, and held fast to each other.” — JESSE CIVAN, MD, TRANSPLANT HEPATOLOGIST
“This was a beautiful and poignant story, one that had me on the verge of tears from the moment I started reading. Andrea and Adrienne had such a special connection that became even more solid as they spent more time together. Adrienne showed strength and determination that I don’t think many of us have. Her zest for life, her sassy yet endearing personality, and her simple needs made her a standout person. I truly believe that Andrea was able to learn so much from her 15-year-old sister who lived her life the way she wanted to and wasn’t apologetic about it. This is an emotional read, one that told me a brilliant story while making me feel like a part of it. Kudos to the author!” — READERS FAVORITE
“I just finished the book [Better Off Bald]. The author Andrea is the bravest person I know. Her book needs to be read by every healthcare professional. I’m not going to lie, it was very difficult to read, but at the same time I couldn’t put it down. I read the book in three days. Andrea is a gifted writer. She had me hooked. I was up all night, sobbing and all.” — DANIELLE DURAN BARON, LIVER CANCER SURVIVOR