Anne uses passion and emotions to convey to her audience how the challenges of breast cancer affect her and her family. Her challenges are compounded when her mother and stepdad are also diagnosed with serious illnesses. She is now the primary caregiver not only for her parents but also for herself. The story takes place over a period of two and a half years. During this time, Andranette does her best to live her life as normally as possible, do whatever is needed for her parents, and use her daily activities as a much needed respite in order to ensure her own self preservation. Though she had to stop working as an educator to take care of her parents and herself, she would not trade anything for the lessons that she learned from this awe-inspiring experience.
W. Andranette Anderson, affectionately known as “Anne” was an educator for over 15 years. She received her Doctorate in higher education, a Masters in secondary education, and her Bachelors of Science in chemistry. After teaching chemistry, college algebra, physics, algebra, and various other science courses she became a director, a math curriculum coordinator, and her last job was as an assistant principal at a high school in a small community. She has received numerous awards which includes: Arkansas Education Association Human & Civil Rights Educator Award, National Education Association Award for Teaching Excellence, Arkansas Education Association Newsletter Award, Regional Finalist for the 2008 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, and the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, to name a few. She enjoys playing the piano, singing, exercising, and she has a great appreciation for life.