The Book

Why the need for a book

When author Donna Heckler was diagnosed with cancer she struggled to find a resource that provided tips and information to address the ladylike issues she would face as she went through treatment. So she created her own. Throughout treatment, Ms. Heckler kept a journal that ultimately became the foundation for Living Like a Lady When You Have Cancer. Working with medical professionals, Ms. Heckler uses their insights, facts and tips while interspersing the personal stories of other cancer patients and survivors. Her hope is this book will help make your journey through cancer as manageable and in fact, radiant as possible.


Where to buy

You’ll find Living Like a Lady When You Have Cancer at major book retailers across the country. Or you can purchase the book here.



About the Author & Contributors

Donna Heckler is a global brand strategy executive, brand marketing thought leader, author and speaker.

You can find her most recent books and speaking engagements at her Author and Speaker website of


Ms. Heckler learned in August of 2010 that she had Stage 3, HER 2 breast cancer just as she was beginning a new global marketing executive job.  As she went through chemo, multiple surgeries and radiation while tackling a new position, she kept a journal of her many cancer experiences.

Ms. Heckler is actively involved in her community and supports a number of organizations.  She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Cancer Support Community of St Louis.  She was named one of the outstanding business leaders in St. Louis under the age of 40. She frequently serves as a guest speaker on branding for various organizations and universities. Ms. Heckler has a B.A. in Zoology from DePauw University and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Indiana University.

So many radiant, wonderful people contributed to the book. Including:

  • Dr. Greg Camfield – Dentist
  • Lisa Chestnut – Lymphedema Specialist, Occupational Therapist
  • Dr. Maggi Coplin – Medical Oncologist
  • Johanna Crowe – Christian Dior Make-up and Skin Specialist for Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Elizabeth Ann Good – Spiritual Advisor
  • Dr. Judith Gurley – Plastic Surgeon
  • Matt Hopfer – Personal Trainer
  • Dr. Diane Radford – Surgical Oncologist
  • Dr. Michelle Smith – Integrative and Holistic Medicine
  • Cancer patients and survivors who graciously shared morsels of their personal stories