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From left, Susansnaps co-owners Laura and Susan Stachler hold copies of their book, ‘The Cookie Cure,’ in their Sandy Springs store.

It started as a way to memorialize a family member, but it has become a business that has helped another member of that family gain the strength, determination and will to fight the same disease that took her relative’s life.

The Sandy Springs mother-daughter team of Laura and Susan Stachler has written a book, “The Cookie Cure,” which, they said, is about people learning to continue to fight the adversities of life and carry on when things get tough.

Their story is about their development of a brand of cookie, called Susansnaps, named for Stachler’s sister, Susan, who died of cancer when she was only 28, and for whom she named her daughter.

The book, which is published by Sourcebooks and will be released Feb. 8, costs $15.99 and will be available at Barnes & Noble and Target stores as well as though Amazon.

When she was 22 and only a week before graduating from college, Stachler was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, the same illness which had taken her aunt’s life.

“I was worn out physically, mentally and emotionally after the diagnosis, but one day my mother took me on a short 20-foot walk to her garage bakery to begin finding my way back,” Susan said. “It would start with a repetitive process of scoop, stamp and sugar, the most unlikely healing process.”

However, through this process of creating a new gingersnap cookie, which was named a Susansnap after her late aunt, it also gave Susan a new perspective on life and a desire that even being diagnosed with this disease, life was good and worth the fight.

“I never would have imagined that cancer would lead from chemotherapy and radiation to selling cookies in a horse stall as well as sipping champagne with Martha Stewart and being interviewed by ABC News,” she said of the business that started in 2005. “My mom said cancer made me fearless and, in a way, it did.”

As the business grew, the mother-daughter duo moved it to a brick-and-mortar store in Sandy Springs three years later.

Susan has completed her treatments and is now cancer-free. Susansnap cookies have become popular, which she credited to it being a family owned business which has old-fashioned customer-service values.

Susan said the cookies are made with a unique blend of spices as well as ginger, synomine and cloves with one other special ingredient you won’t find on the ingredients column in the back of the box: love.

Susan said it took about two years to write the book and hopes those who read it will take with them one thought: that a person’s will, determination and intestinal fortitude is stronger than the challenges that individual will meet during his or her lifetime.

Many who have read the book find the story of “The Cookie Cure” and Susansnaps inspiring and uplifting, regardless of the circumstances one may face.

“Only God can bring this beauty out of the ashes of suffering, and we highly recommend this story of love in action,” Kathie Lee Gifford, co-host of “The Today Show,” said in a news release.

ABC News correspondent Sara Haines said in a news release the Stachler mother-daughter team “embodies the resilience of the human spirit, nurtured by the unbreakable bond of family.”


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