Cynthia Babers Stafford
Cynthia Babers Stafford
Born and raised in Central Florida, Dr. Cynthia Babers Stafford is a special educator, writer of professional articles, and author of a debut novel, Three Trillion Drops of Water: Vietnam, a Hero, and Home. She put the novel's last revision on hold and wrote Through the Gate about starting a journey with Stage 4 cancer in the months after learning her new reality included living with cancer.
When not working on her next novel, Five Doves, Cynthia enjoys Tai Chi, painting rocks to look like fish (really!), and being with her children and grandchildren. By the way, the fish rocks are placed in the rock garden at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital’s Cancer Center in Indianapolis.
She lives in Westfield, Indiana, with her husband, Steve, and their two dogs, Prince Caspian (the big dog) and Lucy (the little one). Guess which one rules the roost!
Cynthia completed Three Trillion Drops of Water: Vietnam, a Hero, and Home after cancer treatments restored her strength and stamina. She wrote Three Trillion Drops of Water to tell one family's story of life during the 1960s when our country transformed into what we are today. She wrote the novel to honor families, service members, and Gold Star families who are the collateral damage of war.
She began writing Through the Gate: Starting a Journey with Stage 4 Cancer in December 2019, shortly after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Her continued targeted immunotherapy treatment yielded great results and as the months went by, she began to feel stronger and slowly resumed her creative activities. From the beginning of her Stage 4 journey, she felt compelled to share her experience to offer hope and inspiration to others navigating the path she traveled daily. She wrote Through the Gate for patients, families, and caregivers who recently received a diagnosis and faced the reality of Stage 4 cancer.
If you have questions, comments, or want to share either book with others, please contact her.
To Three Trillion Drops of Water readers
This novel is from Cynthia's heart and although it is set in the late 1960s, it reflects societal and political issues that are current today. The story is meant to highlight the courage and commitment of a Marine Corps officer, but the story is not a war story. It is a story about a family and the waves that wash over it when it becomes a Gold Star family.
To Through the Gate readers
Cynthia would love to hear from anyone who is on the Stage 4 cancer journey with her because cancer creates a common bond that is not constrained by belief systems or life's circumstances. Sharing thoughts with fellow travelers
—be they patients, families, and caregivers—helps keep their eyes ahead and clears the fog that sometimes obscures the path.
Please reach out to Cynthia online or via email.
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