Tara Shuman is a public high school English and history teacher. In August 2012, Tara was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She was 32 years old, with no family history. She immediately began to write about her journey as a way to cope and update friends and family. Thousands of people all across the world soon began to follow Tara’s blog (www.tarabeatscancer.com). Tara is a member of the Patient Family Advisory Council at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and helps to raise funds for cancer research and patient care year-round. She is the proud founder of the non-profit organization, Writing Saves Lives, and a true believer in the healing powers of writing. Tara lives in Canton, Massachusetts with her husband Brian and their two children, Teddy and Annabel. She is grateful for each day and believes deeply in the value of truth, humor, hope, love, and hard work. Tara recently published a memoir, Hope Is a Good Breakfast, which she describes as a dream come true.