Praise For Erin
I wanted to take a moment to recognize a very important person in my life, Erin Ley, my life coach. I started working with Erin in November when my life started to feel completely overwhelming, the demands we all face of balancing work and family and relationships, etc. Erin reminds me to be grateful for what I have right now, to look at each day as an adventure, and to lead with courage which will build confidence. She’s taught me that the best lessons are learned in the valley and to get comfortable being uncomfortable, because that is where all the possibilities are. Posting this is uncomfortable, so that’s why I’m doing it. It’s been a journey, and it will continue to be one, as I’ve faced higher highs and lower lows in the past 6 months. Erin is an incredibly smart, talented and beautiful woman, life coach and friend who helps build other women up to be the best they can be. A rare find, she is a diamond in the rough. Thank you for believing in me, Erin. Sometimes that’s all it takes. ❤️
The Will to Live shares the personality factors which can make one a survivor. There are qualities within survivors which help them to exceed expectations and become our teachers and guides when we confront adversity. This book is filled with the hard-earned wisdom of a survivor. Erin Ley writes about cancer introducing itself to her and improving her life. I think it introduced Erin to herself and she liked whom she met and fought for her life. She became what I call a respant, a responsible participant, and not a patient, submissive sufferer. She shares the important lessons that one should never give up hope and always pay attention to the mind, heart and spirit, and to the possibilities which exist. I have learned that when mind, body and spirit work together in your life, they truly help you to heal your life and cure your disease.
The Will to Live is full of valuable information about how to cope with a cancer diagnosis and the treatments that follow, but Erin Ley’s courageous, deeply personal account of her own experience as a cancer survivor is what makes this book unique. She tells her story calmly and with unflinching honesty. Erin’s descriptions of her experiences are heartrending, but her unwavering determination to focus on her inner strength and optimism shine through every page. In The Will to Live, Erin speaks from her heart, and I feel that her story will move and inspire cancer patients, their families, and their friends.
Erin Ley’s Maggie’s in the Driver’s Seat is a must-have for those of us with children. These creative and imaginative characters help parents to deliver great messages to our kids. This character-building book for children is priceless.
Erin Ley’s Maggie’s in the Driver’s Seat invites the reader into an exciting adventure, while allowing them to explore character-building traits which are both invaluable and necessary for our children of today. Being a mother of three, I welcome any chance I get to share with my children stories of love, compassion, respect, and generosity. Thank you, Erin Ley, for forwarding this message through your heroine Maggie.
Thank’s so much Erin! You’ve really helped me a lot more in the span of 40 minutes than all the therapy sessions I have had in the previous 11 years of my life and that really means a lot to me!
Erin Ley’s ever-popular Maggie the Magnificent stars in a brilliant character-building book for children. In Maggie Unmasks Planet Pumpkin, Maggie hosts a Halloween costume party and is surprised to discover that some of her guests refuse to take off their masks because they are afraid to show who they really are. Maggie saves the day and her self-conscious guests by turning the party into a celebration of self-esteem, individuality, and courage. I highly recommend this for children of all ages, and look forward to more Maggie the Magnificent books.
“With remarkable courage and humor Erin Ley gives us a roadmap to healing mind and body; from the dreaded cancer diagnosis, through the harrowing medical maze, to the peace of recovery. This book is a ‘must-read’ for anyone facing such a challenge.”
-Kathleen Atkinson, LSW-R, Psychotherapist, Cancer Survivor
“As a young adult with cancer Erin’s world erupted in unexpected ways that tested her ability to transform loss into gain, deepen her will, and transform her life. Our ability to coexist with cancer and its lasting effects are very much influenced by what we do with the disease more than what the disease does to us. As Erin reflects on the lessons she took from cancer she shares what healing really means with her readers.”
Selma Schimmel, CEO, Vital Options International and host of The Group Room® cancer talk radio show
“Erin Ley’s The Will to Live clearly describes how one’s positive approach to disease and life can guide and help heal both physical illness and emotional conflict. It is an inspiring portrayal of how an individual’s will, attitude, spirit and personal strength oftentimes is the difference between success and failure in the treatment of many illnesses. Bravo Erin!”
Kenneth F. Mattucci, M.D., F.A.C.S.
“Erin Ley has transformed a life threatening struggle and created an inspiring, moving and heartfelt journey of growth and wellness. With eloquence and grace of spirit, she has offered a priceless gift of healing.”
Debra Koppelman, Director of Development, Coalition Against Breast Cancer, Inc.
“The Will to Live: The Perks of Cancer through the Eyes of a Survivor is a well-documented and powerfully introspective insight into the mindset a young adult living with, through and beyond cancer. Erin is clearly someone who got busy living when faced with her diagnosis and who serves as yet another one of myriad growing examples of what it means to survive cancer as a member of this oft-forgotten demographic.”
Matthew Zachary, Founder and Executive Director of Stupid Cancer, Inc., Cancer Survivor
“After reading Erin Ley’s The Will to Live, I would recommend it to any of my patients who are facing serious health problems. Erin takes us through her cancer with such clarity and spirit, that it would be an inspiration to anyone facing a dire illness or any potentially devastating situation. This book can give patients the hope and inspiration that we physicians cannot always provide.”
Romeo C. Solon, M.D., Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
“The Will to Live shares the personality factors which can make one a survivor. There are qualities within survivors which help them to exceed expectations and become our teachers and guides when we confront adversity. This book is filled with the hard-earned wisdom of a survivor. Erin Ley writes about cancer introducing itself to her and improving her life. I think it introduced Erin to herself and she liked whom she met and fought for her life. She became what I call a respant, a responsible participant, and not a patient, submissive sufferer. She shares the important lessons that one should never give up hope and always pay attention to the mind, heart and spirit, and to the possibilities which exist. I have learned that when mind, body and spirit work together in your life, they truly help you to heal your life and cure your disease.”
Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine & Miracles, and Help Me To Heal
“The Will to Live is full of valuable information about how to cope with a cancer diagnosis and the treatments that follow, but Erin Ley’s courageous, deeply personal account of her own experience as a cancer survivor is what makes this book unique. She tells her story calmly and with unflinching honesty. Erin’s descriptions of her experiences are heartrending, but her unwavering determination to focus on her inner strength and optimism shine through every page. In The Will to Live, Erin speaks from her heart, and I feel that her story will move and inspire cancer patients, their families, and their friends.”
Whoopi Goldberg, distinguished award winning actress and comedian; Radio talk show host—Wake Up With Whoopi, Television show host, The View; and so much more
“Erin Ley’s The Will to Live is a powerful and inspiring read for cancer patients and for those close to them. Individuals experience their own ‘cancers’—tragedies that become defining moments—in their lives, and hopefully go on to become survivors. Erin focuses on living and thriving, not death and hopelessness. What an enthralling, refreshing read!”
Itzhak Haimovic, M.D., F.A.A.N.
“Erin Ley has taken her early experience with life-threatening disease and turned it into a positive story of empowerment. Her journey from illness to a fulfilling career and family is a rewarding narrative.”
Paul Margulies, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, Attending Physician, Department of Medicine, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY
“A Will to Live is a motivational journey that will inspire the reader to readdress their own life’s perspectives.”
Robert Herman, M.D., P.C.
“This wonderfully inspiring book belongs in the hands of every family struggling to overcome cancer.”
Lymphoma Foundation of America
“Erin Ley, author of The Will to Live discusses keys to making a positive out of a negative experience. When diagnosed with cancer at age 25, Mrs. Ley’s youth abruptly ended, throwing her into a world of disease, pain and turmoil. What would typically make one feel as if his or her life was on hold catapulted Mrs. Ley’s life into one that is more fulfilling than she would ever have imagined. ‘The experience has caused me to live more deeply and more intensely. It has helped me to become more immersed in the essentials of my life, including my faith in God, to a higher degree than I would have otherwise been. My mantra is “Celebrate life and you’ll have a life worth celebrating,” Mrs. Ley recently told The NEWS. ‘And the sidebar is that it’s all about mind, body and spirit. When they’re in synch, that’s when you’re in the zone.’ Since surviving her bout with cancer, Mrs. Ley has gone on to become a wife, mother of three and an author. Keeping cool helped conquer cancer.”
The Smithtown News
“What a great night we had with Erin at Book Revue! It was such a joy to listen to her remarkable story of success. Most poignant was seeing so many people stand in line to have her sign copies of The Will to Live to give to their own friends and family struggling with cancer. She is truly an inspiration!”
Julianne Wernersbach, Publicist, Book Revue, Huntington, NY
“Author Erin Ley is looking to help others loosen themselves from cancer’s grasp. Through her memoir/self-help book, The Will to Live: The Perks of Cancer Through the Eyes of a Survivor, this cancer survivor, against all odds, went on to become a wife, mother of three, author, and so much more. Erin is looking to inspire and empower others through her words. Once the book has been read cover to cover, the reader can return to any chapter (Perk) of the book again and again, during any particularly difficult time in his or her life, whenever there is a need for a lift, inspiration, and empowerment.”
“Author of the children’s series, Maggie the Magnificent, Erin Ley has now launched her first book for adults titled, The Will to Live: The Perks of Cancer Through the Eyes of a Survivor. This book documents Erin Ley’s positive approach to her two and a half year encounter with this disease—from the non-Hodgkins lymphoma diagnosis to survival and success. Ley’s book emphasizes the importance of positive results from negative experiences.”
The Garden City News
“On behalf of the entire school Re-Entry team, I would like to thank you for your participation in this year’s Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders Go Back to School Conference. Your passion and energy for advocacy were evident in your heartfelt account of your experience with cancer. We thank you for your support of our program and the patients and families we serve.”
Nicole Gutman, MS, Coordinator, School Re-Entry Program at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Stony Brook, NY
“I will never forget my first conversation with Erin Ley! Every single time we talk she brings to me profound perspectives, immense knowledge, sincere compassion, a feeling of security and great joy! I look forward to our talks every single week – Erin has helped me face some of my deepest fears along this journey and she has been a vital part of my healing. She truly understands and I look forward to many long years of working with her through my current healing and continued growth in the future. Erin Ley is an Amazing woman and I sincerely believe the Holy Spirit’s wisdom, love and compassion has been laid upon her and she is a gift to us!”
Susan Carpio, Colorado