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I'm writing a book about what it's like to be diagnosed with breast cancer at 26 years old, when you're already living with depression.
I'm writing a book about what it's like to be diagnosed with breast cancer at 26 years old, when you're already living with depression.
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Life, Lemons and Progress

Posted by Alice-May Purkiss (Creator)
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I've lost track of how many words I've written in total. And the writing that is happening is very sporadic at the moment (life, always life) but there are words. And they are on a page. In some cases, they are on paper, in a pile on my desk. There are so many words, some of them have been read by someone else. I asked my friend, former colleague and pro-proofreader Karen if she'd be the first person to cast her eye over what has been written so far. I had no idea if what I had written was good. But she seemed to like it. She's an avid reader too, so I trust her judgement. And if you've ever met Karen, you'll know she doesn't beat around the bush. She also doesn't say things unless she means them. So I asked her if she fancied telling you about what's going on with the book, rather than just me telling you. 

Here's what she said:

"When you’re given some chapters from a book about your friend’s experience of breast cancer and depression, and asked if it made you laugh, you expect to answer, ‘not even once, obviously.’ But Alice has the astonishing gift of being able to make something as devastating as her experience with cancer sparkle with wit, warmth and humanity. She writes as if she was in the room speaking to you, and I found reading it incredibly moving yet still humorous, and despite the bleak subject every chapter ends with positivity. The reader doesn’t need to have experienced similar fights to enjoy and appreciate Alice’s book; any fight in life will find resonance in Alice’s battles and determination not to be beaten."

I think she likes it so far. I hope that means you will too.

Note: If you're in the North, I'll be talking about Life, Lemons and Melons on 9th June at Crossing the Tees Literature festival. More info here

Crossing the Tees
Crossing the Tees

I'm also excited to be talking at Trew Fields on 7th/8th July. Details TBC but tickets available here. Trew Fields is the UK's first Holistic Health and cancer awareness festival and it's created by my exceptionally gifted and completely brilliant friend Sophie Trew. Expect a weekend of talks, workshops, music and play which brings together world-renowned health professionals, researchers, wellbeing experts and those living well with & beyond cancer. All set on a beautiful farm in the countryside.

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