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Dig in Your Heels is the uplifting memoir of Karla's triumph over breast cancer-from diagnosis to the coveted five-year cancer-free anniversary. When Karla was first diagnosed, she began reading breast cancer memoirs but was always left wondering what happened next. What should I expect after treatment? What will my "new normal" be like? Her own story answers those questions and so much more.


Written with humor and humility, Karla's story is woven with themes of love, trust, and spiritual faith-and the importance of becoming a force in breast cancer advocacy. It offers valuable information and resources for breast health, and provides support, inspiration, and hope for those facing breast cancer. From her adventures in Paris to her roller-coaster relationship with her ex-husband, Karla's memoir is more than radiation and chemotherapy. In Dig in Your Heels, she urges women to educate themselves and draw upon their inner strength-the best is yet to come!

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Thank you to everyone who donated and purchased books to benefit the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Medical Association. Karla was able to raise $2,500 to jumpstart the establishment of a cancer treatment center in her fatherland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Karla was also able to donate her memoir to the National Library in St. Vincent so women can read her book for free.




Every shero needs a theme song so Karla commissioned her high school friend and music producer, Beezie 2000, to create a theme song for Dig in Your Heels.


Within hours, Beezie 2000 produced this upbeat, uplifting, motivational fight song inspired by Karla’s story. It will make you feel like you can conquer the world. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the book.

Dig In Your Heels - Beezie 2000


“I wish I had this book while I was going through chemo and radiation.”

“Karla's transparency and humor is refreshing! I bought a few copies to share with friends and family.”

“I didn't know I would laugh so much!”

Didi Marie Weber

Amazon Customer

Shalonda McFarland



“I wish I had this book while I was going through chemo and radiation.”

“Karla's transparency and humor is refreshing! I bought a few copies to share with friends and family.”

“I didn't know I would laugh so much!”

Didi Marie Weber

Renton, WA

Amazon Customer

Shalonda McFarland

Houston, TX

This book is a very honest capturing of the authors life as she traveled thru her breast cancer journey. As one who is watching/has closely watched 5 other journeys this book provides insight including humor!”

Chris Bown

Seattle, WA

Engaging, honest, touching, intimate, and funny. Karla's writing style takes the reader on the journey with her. I laughed, cried, and prayed for her throughout. Dig in Your Heels gave me a better understanding and new appreciation for the life of a breast cancer survivor.

Lanetta Gray

Washington, D.C.



Karla Antoinette Baptiste was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She was first diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in September of 2007 at the age of 34. Her breast cancer returned in July of 2014 and had metastasized to her spine making it stage IV. There is no stage V but Karla dug in her heels and was cancer-free for five years. Unfortunately, in July 2019, shortly after her five-year celebration and announcing her retirement from Corporate America, she learned that the cancer in her spine had resurfaced. However, Karla is once again cancer-free.


Karla is an ambassador for the Stanford Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program which aims to reduce breast cancer disparities among African American women. She is also an ambassador for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Karla has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and a Master of International Business from Schiller International University- Paris, France. Karla retired from a career in sales with a major Food and Beverage manufacturer in June to focus on breast health advocacy and being her own boss. She lives in the Dallas, TX area with her dog, Armani. Her bestselling breast cancer memoir, Dig in Your Heels: The Glamorous (and Not So Glamorous) Life of a Young Breast Cancer Survivor, is available internationally at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


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