A Friendly Guide to Chemotherapy
I was lucky and unlucky in equal measure. I was unlucky to be diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 46, and unlucky that I had to go through the gruelling process of chemotherapy; I was lucky that my cancer was discovered very early, I had access to the medical treatment I needed, and I had love and support coming at me from all corners of my world.
I am fine now, and I want to give something back. I am going to write a book - a literary collection of short, true stories of chemotherapy. The real-life accounts will be based on my own experiences of chemo, and on interviews with other people who have also been through it. We will share our stories in the spirit of kindness and friendship, and hope to bring some comfort or reassurance to cancer patients who have had chemotherapy, will have it soon, or are having it right now.
The writings in this book will be candid, honest, non-judgemental, positive, friendly and supportive. The book will also include some practical tips for dealing with the side-effects of chemotherapy - both physical and emotional - and signposts to useful resources (which I will compile with the help of a cancer charity). I will have the content checked and proof-read by medical professionals, although this isn't a medical book; it's mostly a book of friendship.
If you support this project, you will receive a copy of Chemo Stories when it is published, and enable me to give free copies to hospitals, cancer care units, charities and libraries. I promise that for every £10 raised (whether through pledges or donations) I will give away at least one free copy of my book.
Thank you for your kind support.