About teenage cancer survivor Mette de Fine Licht


Teenage cancer survivor, author and speaker Mette de Fine Licht has written 10 books, including the memoir, Willpower Girl — A Teenager’s Trek Through Cancer. The book is a rare insight into a teenage cancer patient’s mind with all the fear, doubt and longing for a normal teenage life.

Born in 1985, she was diagnosed with a serious and rare type of bone cancer when she was just sixteen years old.

After undergoing chemotherapy and extensive surgery, which included the placement of an internal prosthesis in her leg, she was cured. On the blog at willpowergirl.com she writes about life as a teenage cancer patient, about the challenges and victories every day of being a teenage cancer survivor and how willpower is key — both during cancer treatment and in the life after cancer. Mette is also an excellent speaker with valuable insights for both teenage cancer patients, family and professionals surrounding the cancer patient insights only a teenage cancer survivor can offer.

Today Mette is a partner in the book agency Skriveværkstedet, where she advises other authors on writing, publishing and promoting, and she teaches writing workshops in Denmark and Bali. She is a sought-after ghostwriter and communications advisor to authors, publishers and companies. Mette lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, with her husband Martin and son Erik.

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I love ginger shots, sunshine and books. And putting on mascara because it reminds me how lucky I am to be able to do it again after losing my eyelashes during chemotherapy.”

I’m not a fan of the Danish rain. Cancer checks at the hospital. And wasting my time. Life taught me early on how important it is to accrue the energy of good experiences in a bank account that you can draw upon when life suddenly becomes challenging.”

I can’t live without My husband and son. And coffee!”

My best time of the day: Getting up early before the rest of my family and writing while everything is quiet and they’re still asleep … ☺”