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Battle for Grace—Cynthia’s journey and story—is a true testament to the strength of the human spirit. Cynthia is at once honest, determined, raw and inspiring. You will find yourself rooting for her through the challenges and delighting in the victories.”

Beth Darnall, PhD, clinical associate professor, Division of Pain Management, Stanford University


“Be forewarned: Reading Cynthia’s memoir will break your heart. Yet despite her agony, she has not only survived, but thrived. She gives hope and courage to other women in pain.”

Cheryl England, editor/publisher, Southern California Physician


“Cynthia Toussaint's life is one of the most incredible stories I’ve ever heard. Her passion for life and for helping others—even in the face of seemingly insurmountable hardship and devastating pain—can inspire all of us. Her life story also sheds light on the shortcomings of a health system that too often fails to meet the needs of patients such as herself.”

David Olmos, former health editor of the Los Angeles Times and

Pulitzer Prize finalist


“I enjoyed Battle for Grace because it looks deeply not just at the person experiencing pain, but also at the caregiver who shares in the experience. I appreciate the degree to which the love between the two people in this story promotes their healing.”

Kevin Dobson, actor


Battle for Grace shines a light on the plight of women in pain and the perseverance it takes to change the system. This is a story of hope and success. In a word, inspirational.”

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