Joan M. O'Brien, a fourteen-year breast cancer survivor, lived in New Canaan, CT with her husband of 43 years, Michael. Joan had been writing for two years since she retired as an attorney in 2007. On September 8, 2009, Joan passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family and after completing the writings for this book. Edited by Dr. Alyssa J. O'Brien. Design by Will J. O'Brien.