A true, inspiring testament of a young college student, who one summer took a journey that carried her to the ends of the earth, to the presence of God.

The Summer That Changed My Life
Shanile Goggins was that rare kind of teenager. At 19, this smart and savvy Ohio State University student was hardworking, churchgoing and goal-oriented. She volunteered in homeless shelters, and wanted to be a senator, working to improve the lives of the elderly. Then one day while working her after-school job, she felt a pain in her chest. Her life would never be the same.

The Summer that Changed My Life is about Shanile’s painful — but inspiring — journey that followed her diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

In her own words, Shanile describes the complex mix of emotions as she faces uncertain cancer-treatment options — all the while continuing in a job and donating time to charity. From chemotherapy and a couple of painful transplants, Shanile’s world is dominated by hospital visits, but also hope. Hope from a supportive family, and from her devout belief in and understanding of God.

Heartfelt, candid and uniquely comforting, The Summer that Changed My Life is about the will to fight even when the odds are stacked against you. It is about making peace with the Lord, confident in His righteousness. And it is about the lasting impact God’s children have upon us, long after they are gone.



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About Shanile Sharay Goggins with Benita Taylor

Shanile Sharay Goggins with Benita Taylor
Shanile Sharay Goggins was born 1984. She worked tirelessly to bring others to know God, give back to the less fortunate, and better herself and her chances for a promising future. On June 24, 2004, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and was given just weeks to live. Her strength and courage in the time that followed provides support to cancer patients and their families during times of hardship.