Our family has been lucky enough to have suffered rarely from cancer. But I lost one of my best friends to breast cancer, I know many others who have suffered, some of whom died. It is a cruel disease.
Last autumn I thought, for just a few weeks, that I might have breast cancer. The NHS swung into action, I was seen at the breast clinic within two weeks, I had all the tests, including a biopsy. A week later I returned for the result. But for those three weeks all I could think was, what will happen if...?
Just a few months I ago I discovered the blog Bah to Cancer and then I started following Stephanie on Twitter. I have been humbled by the courage and honesty of her account of fighting cancer and the charity work she has undertaken.
Her latest initiative is the fabulous Bah! Brilliant Book Bonanza a scheme to raise money for cancer charities through a blog draw for uplifting reading material aimed at those who might be in need of a boost. The books themselves are donated by authors and publishers and the first draw takes place this month.
I love the concept of the power of reading and creative writing in times of need (long term readers may remember that it was a career path I once hoped to pursue myself via a specialist MA) and the Bah! Brilliant Book Bonanza is definitely a project to follow and support.