Reviews

Tea & Chemo: Fighting Cancer, Living Life

When the author of this lovely book was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at the age of 45 she decided to write a blog about her experience of living with the disease and its nine months of treatments. The readers of her blog motivated her to write this book.

When the author of this lovely book was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at the age of 45 she decided to write a blog about her experience of living with the disease and its nine months of treatments. The readers of her blog motivated her to write this book.

The result is beautiful and practical. The author offers tips for other patients while writing with humility and honesty.

The book has two wonderful strengths. First, it shows her compassion for those providing her care; and second, her experience offers hope to those with the same diagnosis about not being defined by it.

The author’s experiences, her strength and will for survival in the face of the challenges that cancer brings will touch any reader. She is a breath of fresh air and her words offer a true glimpse of the patient perspective.

All proceeds from the sale of the book go to three charitable organisations: The Haven, the Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre in Harrogate and Breast Cancer Now. Not only do the author’s words help others by describing how she felt and what she learned, but they also fund future care and research.

This book is an important read for nurses and patients alike. It would be perfect alongside patient education, especially for those who are newly diagnosed. The book’s sense of humour is humbling. It deserves to be read.

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