the cover of the book "Hug Everyone You Know"


Attitude is everything, especially when you are fighting cancer. “Hug Everyone You Know” is a compelling memoir about the journey through stage I breast cancer. It details the entire story from diagnosis, to treatment, and survival. Instead of allowing her cancer diagnosis to defeat her, Antoinette Truglio Martin allowed it to develop an attitude of perseverance within her. She now uses her experience to encourage others.

Disclaimer: Strength 4 Spouses was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

the cover of the book "Hug Everyone You Know"


This book has many strengths. First of all, it takes you on the journey with Antoinette. She gives such a personal and detailed account of her story, that you are living it alongside her. Second, she does not sugar coat anything so you will have an adequate understanding of the ups and downs people face when fighting cancer and trying to remain positive. Finally, “Hug Everyone You Know” gives encouragement for strength and inspiration to remain positive while battling cancer or any other life-changing diagnosis.

My Final Thoughts

This book is a perfect read for anyone battling cancer or their family and friends. It will especially appeal to women who are fighting through breast cancer. “Hug Everyone You Know” will surely delight, uplift, and encourage anyone who feels hopeless when facing a tough medical diagnosis.

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About the Author

headshot of the author Antoinette Truglio Martin

Antoinette Truglio Martin is a life-long Long Islander, teacher, wife, mother, daughter, and friend. She is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer—a memoir chronicling her first year battling breast cancer as a wimpy patient. Personal experience essays and excerpts of her memoir were published in Bridges, Visible Ink, and The Southampton Review. Martin proudly received her MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook/Southampton University in 2016. Antoinette had also written the children’s picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup (Albert Whitman and Company), and was a regular columnist for local periodicals Parent Connections (In a Family Way) and Fire Island Tide (Beach Bumming). Her blog, Stories Served Around the Table, tells family tales and life’s musings. She lives in her hometown of Sayville, New York with her husband, Matt, and is never far from her “Everyone” and the beaches she loves. Since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2012, she strives to not let cancer to dictate her life.

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