Reaching Hope

by Maureen Gallagher

“When most teenage girls were complaining about cramps, headaches, and broken fingernails, Elizabeth was wrenched with pain from radiation… When other teenagers were planning their weekends and going to parties, Elizabeth was having overnight chemo treatments and morphine drips… When most other teenagers were complaining about getting out of bed, Elizabeth was hoping she had the strength to get out of bed…”

At Christmastime in 2005, Maureen Gallagher’s ten-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. Five years later, the cancer resurfaced. Their lives would never be the same.

Reaching Hope is the amazing true story of a mother’s journey from the depths of alcoholism and her daughter’s recurrence of cancer. Through sheer determination and courage the family overcomes slim odds and reaches that beautiful light at the end of their long, dark journey.

Maureen’s story will inspire you with the realization that, whatever challenges you must face, even in the darkest hours there is always hope.

About the Author

Maureen Gallagher is the mother of two teenagers. Born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, she has a B.A. in Economics and has worked for twenty years in the ­apparel industry, as well as in advertising and human resources. In her spare time she enjoys tackling do-it-yourself projects, watching horror movies, working outdoors, playing sports, and cooking.


  • “Maureen and her children show us all that our struggles can be blessings and it’s all about how we choose to deal with them that defines whether we can call ourselves victims or survivors.” – reader review
  • “A very moving and honest reflection on the struggles of dealing with life’s challenges. You will look at life’s difficulties in a different light.” – reader review

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