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Book Details Worthington Mom's Cancer Battle

Updated: Tuesday, April 30 2013, 08:09 PM EDT
WORTHINGTON (Carol Luper/Ken Hines) -- A woman is drawing from her battle with terminal cancer to inspire others and provide for her young children.

Maria Herren of Worthington has documented the struggles and triumphs of her fight against breast and bone cancer in the new book "Letters from Maria". The book, which is now available on, was compiled using Maria's daily emails.

Reviewers are praising the book, and recommending it to anyone working through health problems or other difficulties.

Herrin -- who also suffers from a broken back -- was diagnosed with cancer two-and-a-half years ago. Her emails provide a detailed account of her ongoing treatment, as well as a look at the experiences she has shared with friends and family since her diagnosis.

"Some days are unbelievably good -- some very difficult," Herrin told ABC 6/FOX 28. "I never know which one it's gonna be, so I look forward to the next day."

The book also details the embezzlement by Maria's close friend, Kim Richeson, of donated funds earmarked for Maria's medical bills. Richeson served 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to stealing the money.

Herrin said she has since forgiven Richeson for the theft.

"I just think larceny is in your heart to have the money," she said. "There was too much of a temptation for her."

Herrin -- who receives injections of the drug Herceptin every three weeks -- says her tumors are not currently growing. Her doctors describe her health status as "stable."

"That is what's keeping me alive," Herrin said of the Herceptin injections. "That and the prayers."

Herrin wants proceeds from "Letters from Maria" to be saved for her kids -- ages 13 and 11 --whom she says have no reason to read the book because, "They lived it."

Herrin is scheduled to sign copies of her book at the Pub Out Back in Worthington on May 28.Book Details Worthington Mom's Cancer Battle

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