Indulgence "'I’m closing the door now,' I said to Gary and Lauren when I decided to write a novel. Every night for 30 days, I wrote 1,700 words. It’s a challenge many writers take on during November, so by the end of the month, we have the first draft of a book. But it’s something I never did before my diagnosis. Cancer has taught me the importance of taking time for myself." - Nancy Brier Seventeen celebrities who went through breast cancer.