Staying Afloat: Determination and Strength

Rachel Engstrom-

An advocate and speaker for Leukemia and Lymphoma and the author of “Wife, Widow, Now What?”, her book about her experience being forced to deal with cancer as a wife and caregiver at 28 years old when her husband, Grayson, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

In this episode, Rachel shares her story and strength to be a resource to anyone going through any illness. Her honest and raw perspective is offered as she reflects on her life and becoming a widow at the young age of 31. She shows her determination to be strong and make a difference for others and how she was able to stay afloat during a devastating time. Her book is an incredible reference for anyone going through a medical challenge or others looking to be a support. You are NOT alone.

You can learn more about Rachel on: Instagram @wifewidownowwhat and Facebook at, Her book, “Wife, Widow, Now What?” is available on Amazon.

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Published by Lorie

Hello and welcome to Sailing Through Life! My name is Lorie. I am a 2-time melanoma cancer survivor and a sailor - in my heart and on the water. I want to be a beacon of light to others with life challenges and be an inspiration to stay positive while going through these life-altering events. Join me as I set sail on this new adventure... Sailing Through Life.

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