Rocking the Pink: Finding Myself on the Other Side of Cancer

Rocking the Pink: Finding Myself on the Other Side of Cancer

by Laura Roppe


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In 2008, just as Laura Roppé was poised to burst onto the music scene, her doctor called her with news that left her spinning—she had been diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of breast cancer. Just days earlier, she had signed a dream-come-true contract with a record label; now, she wasn’t even sure how much longer she had to live. Never one to back down to a challenge, however, Roppé gathered her courage, took stock of her priorities, and made a decision: Cancer may take my hair, she told herself, but that’s all it’s getting.

More than a cancer journey, Rocking the Pink is a quirky, charming, and poignant ode to love, friendship, and music. Roppé is unflinchingly honest and unfailingly funny as she tells the story of her odyssey: from childhood dreamer and giddy valet parker to the Hollywood stars to disillusioned lawyer, wife, and mother; from budding songwriter and late-blooming recording artist to determined cancer survivor. Full of raw emotion and humor that will make you laugh through your tears, Rocking the Pink is a chronicle of discovering one's true self through life’s difficult circumstances—and a testament to the hang-in-tough, take-no-prisoners attitude it takes to kick cancer’s butt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580054171
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Laura Roppé is an award-winning singer-songwriter, cancer survivor, speaker, and former attorney from San Diego, California. She obtained a bachelor's degree in theater arts from UCLA, but then pursued the “family business”—she attended law school at the University of San Diego, where she graduated number two in her class, then went on to practice employment/business litigation for over a decade.

In 2008, the year of her diagnosis with triple negative breast cancer at age thirty-seven, Roppé ditched her legal career to follow her musical dreams in earnest. She won Song of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards in Hollywood in 2009. Upon the release of Roppé's second album, I’m Still Here, which Laura wrote during her chemo treatments, Billboard Magazine ranked her as third on its chart of the top fifty emerging artists in the world.

Roppé spends her time hanging out with her husband, two daughters, and dog, Buster, writing and singing, playing Bunco on the second Tuesday of each month with her girlfriends, and—last but not least—devising various schemes to get herself into the Copa Cabana.

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Rocking the Pink: Finding Myself on the Other Side of Cancer 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
vampireeat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
one of the worst books I've read in the past five years. I don't think this book will do anything to help other cancer survivors at all. Avoid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So inspirational. Book of strength and tenacity. Made me laugh and cry.
KKacirek More than 1 year ago
I loved every word of this book! I couldn't put it down. It was like finding an old friend and getting caught up on life. I read it over two evenings and was so disappointed to have it end. I love a great story - and this one is fabulous. Laura takes the reader through triumph and heartache and everything in between. She paints the picture so vividly that you'll feel like she's sitting next to you telling you every detail - and then some. I have bought several copies and have shared it with my best friends. The struggle between head and heart is something I think most people can relate to and Laura is an inspiration to us all! Waiting for Laura's next book....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was kind of terrible. It's very self-involved. I'm sorry that Laura Roppe got cancer, but I'm even sorrier that she constantly corrects people who mispronounce her name. There are much better cancer memoirs out there, so I would encourage you not to buy this book.