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‘Together Strong,’ HL woman’s book published
Sept. 26, 2011

Book signing scheduled for Sept. 28 in HL’s community room

By Jennifer Kotila
Staff Writer

HOWARD LAKE, MN – “As you read this book, you will be moved to look deep within yourself as to what your priorities are, what your goals in life will be, the many blessings you have, and how God does hear our prayers,” said author Karen Erickson.

Erickson’s book, “Together Strong: A Journey of Faith, Community Care and Human Struggles Through Cancer,” was recently published.

A book signing will take place Wednesday, Sept. 28 in Howard Lake’s Community Room (above the library) from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Those who have ordered books can pick them up at this time, as well.

Those who cannot attend the event, but would like a signed copy of the book, can contact Erickson at (612) 619-8989.

Books can also be ordered, and ebooks are available, online at www.karenericksonbooks.com.

Refreshments of coffee and chips with cucumber dip, donated by Sunni’s Grille, will be offered at the book signing, and each book purchased will come with a $5 gift card to Sunni’s Grille.

The story behind the book

Erickson’s husband, Kevin, had been complaining about a stiff neck and seeking treatment from doctors and chiropractors for what was thought to be a pinched nerve.

The family finally insisted that Kevin receive an MRI, which showed a large tumor on his C2 vertebrae, Karen said.

The tumor was removed in emergency surgery Christmas Eve 2009, after which Kevin had an allergic reaction to his medication.

“Kevin had two major surgeries within six months, and whatever could go wrong, did go wrong,” Karen said.

But when things went wrong, a miracle would happen to make it better.

“I was not the only one who saw these miracles,” Karen said. “The doctors, the nurses, all the people coming to pray for Kevin, the people who read his updates – they all saw it.”

Although Kevin is now cancer-free, he is still getting a check-up every three months to make sure it has not returned, Karen said.

The Erickson family, which includes son Tony Heisler, and daughters Kaylee Erickson and Stephanie Heisler, received support and prayers from a large circle of friends and family.

Because of how the trial of dealing with Kevin’s cancer changed and touched her family and others, Karen was inspired to share their journey of faith and human struggles in the hope of making a difference in someone else’s life.

“This book is not on cancer, but how to treat people when they are alive,” Karen said. “At the end of the book, I was not where I was at the beginning of the book.”

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