By Paula Ebben

BOSTON (CBS) — A new children’s book by a local author was inspired by a Milford teenager’s fight against cancer. The story of triumph chronicles singer Carlie Gonzales’ battle as cancer robbed her of her voice.

Gonzales, 19, of Milford, is a freshman at Worcester State. She says music has always consumed her life. “It’s just been something that comes so natural. It’s like breathing,” she said.

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She was 14 when she got devastating news — that she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. She completed 27 cycles of chemotherapy.

Carlie Gonzales (WBZ-TV)

“I had sores in my throat and I slept 23 out of 24 hours a day, and music was kind of taken away from me,” Gonzales said.

The chemo damaged her vocal cords, and she couldn’t sing.

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“I just remember looking out the window and asking myself how far could I run, and if I could run far enough to get away from it,” she remembered.

But after months of treatment — countless surgeries and a bone removal — her voice is back.

And there’s a newly published book about her: “Life Is Like a Song to Me,” written by local author Todd Civin and illustrated by Leah Dennehy.  It chronicles her triumph over cancer in musical rhyme.

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Four years after finishing treatment, Gonzales is still working to strengthen her voice.

Paula Ebben