Saltwater Taffy and Red High Heels by Crystal Brown-Tatum

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Saltwater Taffy


Saltwater Taffy and Red High Heels is a manual for breast cancer patients and survivors. It details the author’s journey through her diagnosis and recovery from Stage IIIA breast cancer. Written with candor and humor, the book is a valuable resource for women who are about to embark on their own healing journey.

You may read a an excerpt of Saltwater Taffy and Red High Heels; My Journey through Breast Cancer at

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Interview with Crystal Brown-Tatum

When did you realize you had a book (or some books) inside you?

When I was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer at 35, I immediately went to the internet to find a book or other resources for young Black women. When my search came up empty, I decided to fill the critical gap. I also knew that I needed to find a purpose in this suffering.

Why is the theme of this project important?

Young women more often than not do not have breast cancer awareness on their mind. It is imperative that young women be educated about breast health and be motivated to put their health first.

What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?

I learned that you have to find the light in the darkest of situations. You have to surround yourself with love, light and positive people if you want to get through any challenging life situation. I finished this book around the same time I was finishing aggressive and grueling cancer treatment so I had an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. I proved to myself that nothing that could ever happen to me was stronger than the woman inside me.

How do you find time to write?

Writing is my release. It’s a simple luxury that I afford myself. Create a comfortable setting with your favorite beverage and soon you will be immersed in your own story.

If you could work on a writing project with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be? Why?

I would love to capture my mother’s story. Her story begins and end with pain and I would like to explore that further and ideally help other women who were unable to break vicious cycles.

About Crystal Brown-Tatum

Crystal Brown-Tatum is an author, advocate and public relations professional who resides in Dallas, Texas. A 7-year breast cancer survivor, she is committed to education and awareness outreach programs. She is married to SFC Philip Tatum and has one daughter. Crystal has been honored for her work as an author, patient advocate and entrepreneur.

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on

7 comments on “Saltwater Taffy and Red High Heels by Crystal Brown-Tatum”

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    There is such a critical gap in breast cancer experiences among young black women. This is a tale that will help all women who are diagnosed, especially at a young age. Thanks for presenting her to a new audience.

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