My Year with Cancer

Robert Paul Quinn (2016)

Health   Inspirational & Self Development   Non-fiction

Here is the true and honest story of a man who out of the blue fell victim to oesophageal cancer in mid-life and fought back. He takes the reader from his incomprehension at the moment of diagnosis, to his bewilderment, then acceptance, the battle and finally the all-clear. He does not spare us the disappointments, pain, loneliness and much more!

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Be moved! Be inspired! Be encouraged!

Here is the true and honest story of a man who out of the blue fell victim to oesophageal cancer in mid-life and fought back. He takes the reader from his incomprehension at the moment of diagnosis, to his bewilderment, then acceptance, the battle and finally the all-clear. He does not spare us the disappointments, the pain, the loneliness, the many difficulties in coping with endless hospital appointments and a dazzling array of treatments and medicaments. But there is also humour and light-heartedness and the courage which propelled him forward in the face of dismaying odds.

He talks about coping with life afterwards with only a fraction of the stomach he had before and a new oesophagus fashioned out of the rest of it: the nausea, the fatigue, the discomfort, teething problems, new surgical interventions … a journey none of us would willingly undertake but despatched here with humour and determination.

He pays tribute to friends and members of his family who gave him support and particularly to members of the many medical teams – nurses, doctors, consultants, surgeons, counsellors – from whom he received expertise, TLC and encouragement. On the other hand, he does not disguise what he sees as failures in his treatment at the hands of the NHS.

This book will inform, stimulate, hearten and move you to action. The story is lightly told, the style easy on the eye.

In short, it’s a great read!

About Author

Robert Paul Quinn

Paul Quinn was born in Paisley in 1965 to a musician father Robert (Bobby) and mother Agnes. He has one sister Shirley. He was blessed with his fathers talent for music which has been a big outlet in his life; from being a head chorister to fronting bands and writing songs. Paul has fortunately managed to keep his voice through his cancer treatments. This is Paul’s first book, written or published, he didn’t consider writing until his experiences with cancer made him see it as a cathartic way to help himself and others. Since cancer, Paul has started a degree in counselling at Canterbury Christchurch university and is also involved with Macmillan Cancer Voices. Paul lives on the outskirts of Dover, enjoying his university course and still hopeful of achieving his ‘Bucket List’ of driving an Aston Martin DB9 Volante and singing some songs with Jools Holland and his orchestra.

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