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16 October, 2021

Local mum releases new book

A LOCAL woman has documented the heartbreaking circumstances around her son being diagnosed with a debilitating brain cancer in the wake of the ongoing pandemic in a newly released book.

By Michael Warren

Local mother Crystal Leonardi has released a book which documents her life since her young son was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Crystal Leonardi who resides in Julatten spent months compiling “Boy of Steel” – Little Sebastian’s big miracle, a painstaking recount of the life journey she has found herself on since she learned of her two-year old’s diagnosis last January. 

“Throughout the book I share my struggle with the guilt, mental health challenges, loneliness and trauma I’ve experienced since I found out the news about my son,” Ms Leonardi told The Express.

“Each chapter shares simple messages of hope, resilience and love. 

“Through the release of my memoir, I hope to bring awareness but also hope and encouragement to families faced with adversity of any kind.” 

In its most purest form “Boy of Steel” is Ms Lenonardi’s story of survival through her son’s diagnosis during the COVID pandemic as both a farmer and a wife to four children that live in a rural, community setting. 

Ms Leonardi will hold book launches at Smithfield library on October 15 from 10.30am and Mossman library October 20 from 1pm.

You can learn more about the book at

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