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11 Years by Maryla Mary Storm, a biography of a cancer survivor with a two-month prognosis
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Author Maryla Mary Storm

About Maryla Mary Storm

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After being in the background assisting other authors in writing and publishing their books, Mary Storm wrote and published her own motivational book. The volume is an inspirational teaching memoir representing how her husband worked to live eleven (11) thriving years once he was given a two months cancer sentence.


Fighting and negotiating with cancer is what Keith did well. How Keith did it–how he managed to live for so long was a question often asked. That question is answered in the book through many chapters but more so in the following: Attitude, Research, Advocacy, Wellness, and Complementary Therapies of Tai Chi, QiGong, and Tama-do. Much information is included, especially Keith’s tips for handling everything from an ostomy, PICC line, Port-a-Cath, chemotherapy, and Y90 glowing in the dark.


Included in Mary’s informative teaching story are Keith’s cancer journals–First-person words from the man himself telling it frankly. Of course, Mary’s take is added along for the ride. Just don’t miss the stroke of the miracle!


Mary’s book is also a love and romance story that spans past the grief and living with loss.

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11 Years; A biography of a cancer survivor with a two-month prognosis Incredible Story of Keith Storm. A cancer survivor who was given a two-month prognosis but went on to live for 11 years, clinging to the love of his life and cherishing every moment along the road.

A Motivational, Inspirational Cancer Book with a Powerful Story to Tell!

“11 Years” is not just a story about cancer. It’s a story about Love, about Hope, and about the incredible resilience of the human spirit. Keith’s unwavering determination to thrive, even in the face of impossible odds, will leave you in awe. Mary’s powerful storytelling will tug at your heartstrings and leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.


When Keith was given just two months to live, he refused to accept defeat. Instead, he fought back with everything he had - a deep well of hope, a steadfast faith, and an unbreakable spirit. Keith wanted to know how to deal with cancer and how to go about beating cancer. So, he used his toolkit of complementary methods in combination with medical practices such as chemotherapy, cryoablation, molecular beads, mindfulness meditation, Tai Chi, and above all, Love, to thrive for eleven years.


In this memoir, Keith’s wife Mary shares their love story, weaving together Keith’s own journal entries with her own heartfelt storytelling. She takes us on a journey through the challenges posed by cancer treatment, each of them coming with a valuable lesson we can all learn about.


This amazing book is not just for cancer patients, the cancer survivors, and their loved ones, but for anyone facing adversity in their lives. Keith’s story serves as the perfect everyday reminder that no matter how difficult the road ahead may seem, you too can overcome any difficulty with the right attitude, hope, and faith. An excellent gift choice for any book lover who will surely cherish adding this to their permanent collection!


“11 Years: A Biography of a Cancer Survivor with A TWO-MONTH Prognosis” is a must-read cancer memoir and biography for anyone who needs a reminder of the incredible power of the human spirit. It’s a book that will leave you feeling inspired, uplifted, and empowered to face whatever challenges may come your way. 

Order your copy today and join Keith on his journey to thrive, against all odds.
11 Years; A biography of a cancer survivor with a two-month Prognosis by Maryla Mary Storm

An Inspirational Story of Grit, Determination & Love

The Miracle Isn’t Surviving Cancer—The Miracle is Thriving While Fighting Cancer

In a world filled with blockbuster superhero movies and a new superhero TV show every week, it’s easy to forget that our real world is filled with heroes too. Keith’s Inspirational Story Negotiating With Cancer —Survive, Revive, Thrive is a story about one of those real-life superheroes, Keith Storm. Keith’s superpower was incredible strength. He couldn’t lift a car with one arm or anything, but he had an unbreakable inner strength. That strength not only allowed him to survive stage four colon cancer for eleven years, it also inspired and lifted everyone around him. Any cancer diagnosis is frightening and lifealtering. But most people with stage four colon cancer have just enough time to get their affairs in order before they pass on—if they’re lucky. Keith not only battled cancer for eleven years, he did so with a resilience, humor, and grace that feels like it came from a movie script.

Survive Revive Thrive; Keith's Inspirational Story Negotiating With Cancer by Maryla Mary Storm

This memoir is lovingly written by Keith’s widow Maryla (Mary to her friends) Storm. She skillfully weaves the story of her and Keith’s lives together with Keith’s journal entries from his lengthy dogfight with cancer. This is the perfect book for anyone who is facing impossible odds. It’s impossible to read this book and not feel empowered by Keith’s unbreakable spirit and desire to make everyone around him a little better.

Don’t Waste Another Moment. Get Your Copy of Keith’s Inspirational Story Negotiating With Cancer -Survive, Revive, Thrive Right Now!
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2023 Best Book Awards American Book Fest Awards Finalist. Double Finalist; Health - Cancer and Death and Dying. Survive Revive Thrive; Keith's inspirational story negotiating with cancer by Maryla Mary Storm available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble ebook, audiobook and print.
Pencraft Awards Literary Excellence. Winner 2nd place 2023


Hi Maryla Mary,
We are pleased to announce that our judges of the 2023 PenCraft Book Awards for literary excellence voted your book "Keith's Inspirational Story Negotiating Cancer Survive Revive Thrive," as our Audio Books 2nd Place Winner.
The IAN Book of the year awards. The independent author network finalist
The Independent Author Netowrk Book of the Year Awards 2024
We are pleased to announce that Survive Revive Thrive is a Finalist in the 2023 IAN Book of the Year Awards! When judging completed, Survive Revive Thrive was selected as a finalist in two categories: “Grief/Hardship,” and Health/Medicine/Fitness/Dieting.”

William Potter
The 10th Annual IAN Book of the Year Awards

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Author's new book receives a warm literary welcome.


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When Keith is diagnosed with cancer, doctors give him only two months to live but instead of succumbing quietly to the same ailment that has taken others before him, Keith takes it upon himself to learn everything he can about this cancer to beat it. His efforts yield incredible results. Even though he does not prevent his inevitable demise, he outlasts even the most optimistic projections by not weeks or months but eleven whole years. Throughout this journey, his loving wife stood by his side and chronicled his progress until his final days. Maryla Mary Storm's 11 Years is their story of perseverance and belief in the face of overwhelming odds.


Maryla Mary Storm's story is emotional and uplifting. She details the noteworthy points of their struggle and inserts the most impressive sections of her late husband's journal into the account, giving us a personal view of one man's battle with cancer. Her references to afterlife events that transpired after Keith's passing sound almost unbelievable, but when you consider her miraculous experiences at the hospital, you will be persuaded to take a second look at her accounts. It is worthwhile to note the importance dancing played in the evolution of their marriage, and Storm doesn't hesitate to highlight this at every opportunity. An inspirational story, 11 Years is for those with loved ones coping with terminal ailments and offers a light at the end of the tunnel."


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Reader's Favorite Five Stars


Maryla Mary Storm’s memoir, “11 Years,” chronicles the remarkable journey of her husband Keith, a cancer patient who was given only two months to live but survived for 11 years. This inspiring true story follows Keith from his diagnosis to his final days, detailing the challenges he faced and the treatments he underwent based on his invaluable journal entries.

I found Storm’s writing to be straightforward and engaging from the first page. It effectively captures the struggles and triumphs of her husband’s journey, and her loving involvement in his day to day care, with a glimpse into the personal growth techniques and religious beliefs that helped them to cope with the physical and emotional challenges of cancer.

The book is also a story of unconditional love between Keith and Mary that became even stronger as they joined forces to fight against this disease, which is a wonderful testimony for other married couples who find themselves in difficult situations. Mary dedicated her life to Keith, becoming his pillar of strength through his difficult medical procedures and physical challenges.

One of the strengths of “11 Years” is the author’s ability to present complex medical information in a way that is accessible to readers. The book offers insights into different treatments and techniques that Keith endured. Storm also explores the ways in which she watched Keith tap into his faith to fight against cancer, providing inspiration and guidance for readers who are dealing with the disease themselves or know someone who is.

Overall, “11 Years” is a powerful and inspiring read that highlights Keith’s journey with cancer in an honest and meaningful way. It offers hope and encouragement to readers facing similar struggles, and it is a valuable resource for anyone looking to better understand this difficult disease. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking inspiration and hope in the face of adversity.

-Margaret Lukasik

This book is a must-read for anyone being challenged by cancer, life-threatening illness, or any other major ordeal. Mary Storm has depicted Keith's heart-rending journey in such a way that the reader feels he/she is on the journey as well.

-Bryan Goodhead

A Journey of Resilience and Hope" is a beautifully crafted work that delves deep into the challenges of coping with cancer and life-threatening illnesses. Through her skillful storytelling, Mary Storm invites you to immerse yourself in the emotional journey of her husband, Keith, forging a strong emotional connection. As you read through the book, you'll discover how Storm thoughtfully weaves entries from Keith's journal into the narrative, providing you with a front-row view of his experiences during surgeries, radiation treatments, and chemotherapy sessions. I appreciated the personal touch of hearing directly from Keith in his own words.

When you open this book, you won't simply read about Keith's journey; you'll step into his shoes and experience the highs and lows of his struggle. It's a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration, hope, and a deeper understanding of the incredible strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity. It is remarkable that Keith was given 6 months to live when he received this Stage 4 Colon Cancer diagnosis but ultimately lived for 11 years!!

Having recently supported my mother through her battle with breast cancer, I can't help but wish I had discovered this book earlier. Thankfully, my mom's prognosis is positive, thanks to early detection, but the valuable tips and insights in these pages would have been a real game-changer during her journey.

I want to note that I received an advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley, and the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

- LaShanda Chamberlain

For me, this book is a heartwarming, uplifting, well-researched page turner I did not want to put down. Keith and Maryla take us on a journey of finding ways to rise above the dire stages and prognosis they face week after week over eleven years. Keith and Maryla never let cancer get the upper hand. They continue to pursue what they love in life even as Keith's body is breaking down; he wears a smile, dons a top hat, and helps others feel good being around him.

For a sad situation this is a very promising, faith-filled, optimistic fight for the best life possible. A very good read!

-Debbie D’Aquino

This book is truly a labor of love! I so appreciated Keith's journal entries. A true inspiration and so helpful for anyone struggling with a serious health issue. A must read!

-Mary Wilson

Mary Storm’s book portrays a striking example of deeply held spiritual faith and a remarkably caring relationship with a loving, also devout, wife facilitating a powerful life-sustaining affect on a man suffering from a mortal illness. The couple’s relationship in the face of a deadly malady grips the reader’s heart, while inspiring the reader by their love and profound religious faith likely bringing about a remarkable extension of his life. 

-Marvin P. Osman, M.D., Ph. D., member of the New Center for Psychoanalysis and clinical professor in psychiatry emeritus, Medical School of the University of Southern California.

A Real (audio) Page Turner....I could not stop!


As a former Oncology Licensed Clinical Social Worker - for many years - providing Psycho-Social evaluations and interventions with Cancer Patients and their families - I highly recommend this riveting true story. This book is a Bio-Psycho-Social toolkit that can be extremely beneficial for patients who are faced with the diagnosis and treatment of Cancer. This story of Keith and his wife Maryla Mary, clearly demonstrates the importance of being an active informed participant - and Advocate - in one's medical treatment. This is a moving and uplifting inspirational story of determination and ultimately resilience, in the journey of the Cancer experience. It is a a love story between Keith and Maryla Mary that illustrates the power of true love and eternal faith. In addition this book would be a beneficial teaching tool for all Health Care students entering the medical field and all professionals in the specialty of Oncology - as well as those who plan to work with all chronic illnesses. I highly recommend the audio book....the narrated voices of Keith and Maryla Mary are moving and compelling!


A great gift book!

Everyone who has cancer or knows people who have it should read this book. It's extremely inspirational and very hard to put down! So helpful to all!

-Marilyn DeNovo

Life Changing Book!

The book mentions Keith as a real-life superhero and perfect title of the book is "Keith's Inspirational Story Negotiating With Cancer Survive Thrive Survive". The book is about how he lived through positive thinking and taking care of his body with alternative complementary methods along with the medical aspects of the surgeries and chemotherapy he endured.

The book is especially great for people who have or have been diagnosed with cancer.
An amazing life changing book! Highly recommend.


Well-written and Very Inspirational!

I liked how the whole journey was written and the fact that it can help other people that are going through the same thing.

-G. Holbrook

Inspirational Beyond Words!!

I have never read a book in two days. I literally could not put this book down. Maryla captures this incredible cancer fighting story with passion. hope and inspiration. I feel as if I was with her as I turned every page. Not only is it moving but extremally educational, anyone who knows someone fighting cancer would absolutely gain tremendously by reading this book. I have the utmost admiration for what Keith endured, I also know he could not have done it without God and his wife.

-S. Clower

The book was great.

This book is a true Love Story. The love of God and each other. A must read for anyone dealing with cancer. This is like reading JAMA with cliff notes. Whether you are Mary or Keith the understanding and education you'll receive is priceless.

-Lana Jordan

Highly Recommended!
This is a great book. It provides in-depth information that can be helpful for people who have family members with cancer, people who are fighting cancer, and for someone who has lost a loved one to cancer.
I love that the author is someone with personal experience and makes you realize you are not alone in your struggles. It’s comforting to find someone who can relate to what you are going through.
Keith and Maryla’s story pulled at my say I shed a few tears is an understatement. After reading this book, I finally understand the struggles that my sister and aunt must have felt when they were battling cancer.
The book is well written and packed with helpful information. I'm very grateful to the author for taking the time to put the journey in print.


Moving Read!

A moving yet practical testimonial of a couple who faced, together, the biggest challenge of their bonded lives.  Relying on the best of medicine, faith, spiritual practices and their indomitable courage they survived the husband’s cancer for eleven impossible years, during which time neither their love nor their resolve ever faltered.  

-C. Gerard

Fantastic book!!!! Very inspirational

-Krisin Harrison-Jackson

Such an Inspirational Book!

Mary I am sorry you had to deal with this alone! The cancer fight journey was inspirational!

Thank you for sharing this rough journey, and I pray this will helps us all cope with loss of a love one fighting this or any illness.

-Maria Venancio

Following is an official review of "Keith's Inspirational Story Negotiating Cancer–Survive Revive Thrive" by Maryla Mary Storm. Although the subject matter of this story is serious, I like how the author was able to convey its important message in a straightforward manner. Her writing style was distinctive, lucid, and concise. I was completely engrossed in the book from beginning to end. She was thorough and took her time to write down all the steps they took, using quotes from many books and websites that conducted medical studies to give readers a better understanding. She occasionally added entries from Keith's journal, which helped the reading feel more relatable. I would like to rate this book 5 out of 5 stars because there was nothing I could find fault with. It is a remarkable narrative that was skillfully told. I recommend the book to people who are going through a difficult time in their lives, as well as those who have a loved one suffering from a terminal disease, because it may bring them comfort.


As the author would always say, "Hope never dies."

- Sophia D Ajayi

A most riveting, personal and medical journey, succeeding against the most impossible odds!

I loved this stimulating, encouraging, inspiring true record of one couple's fight against terminal cancer.  More than a story; a guide, glossary, and wealth of tips to do so much more than just survive, but revive and thrive.  Keith was given 2 months to live, but stretched that into 11 positive years!

This couple's saga of prior unhappy relationships to joy of their marriage for 6 years. Then devastating diagnosis of spreading cancer, thwarted by a pair's determined support, devotion, smart research, capped by refusal to "give up" will inspire and inform countless others.

- Jiantree-Suzanne

Thank you for writing such an inspirational and informational book. Keith faced great odds but showed how with faith and hope he was able to thrive even with such a diagnosis. That can be a roadmap for all of us. 

- Sandi Evans
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