Tea & Chemo: Fighting Cancer, Living Life
By Jackie Buxton
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Exactly the sort of book I needed 17 months ago when given the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis. A candid account of how diagnosis, the treatment regime and the cancer noise takes over life. Jackie exudes positivity and determination in her outlook. An insightful read for family and friends of anyone affected by cancer, in particular to understand some of the emotional challenges and to identify some practical ways they could offer their support. Lots of humour along the way and not a scary statistic to be found!
- About the Author
About Tea & Chemo: Fighting Cancer, Living Life
When Jackie was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 45, she did what she always does when presented with a challenge: she wrote it down. The result is full of laughter, tears, honesty and hope, and is a wonderful read for anyone living with or affected by cancer.
- Winner of a Live Better With Spotlight Award for Best Cancer Book
- Follow Jackie's story from diagnosis through her mastectomy, chemotherapy, and coping with side effects
- With tips and personal stories on everything from lymphedema to rocking a brand new wig
Despite her diagnosis, Jackie quickly realised life was far from bad and became a "bit of an expert" on the less glamorous aspects of cancer treatment, like hair loss, water retention and rich tea biscuits. This book is based on the blog she wrote during her experience with cancer and her nine months of treatment.
We asked Jackie why she decided to write Tea & Chemo in an exclusive interview on the Live Better With blog:
“I felt there was brilliant information from Macmillan and the hospital on everything I needed to know factually. So I had no complaints finding that sort of information. But I wanted to find positive stories straight from the horse’s mouth. And they probably were on there online, but I was really scared of looking online because I didn’t want to find anything I didn’t want to read.”
Jackie generously donates all proceeds from the book to three fantastic charities who helped her along the way: The Haven, Breast Cancer Now and The Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, Harrogate.
About the Author
Jackie Buxton is a writer, editor and teacher of creative writing. Diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in December 2013, Jackie decided to blog about her experience of living with cancer and her nine months of treatments. The result is a candid and often humorous insight into a time she nicknames 'Not All Bad'.
Motivated by reader enthusiasm to publish a book based on her blog, Tea & Chemo: Fighting Cancer, Living Life is a patchwork of positivity and resource for those living with cancer, as well as their family and friends.
Jackie lives in Yorkshire with her husband and teenage children and when not writing, can often be found cycling, running, dreaming or tripping up through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
A really positive and well written book. It has helped me to prepare for and understand what I am going through and what is to come. I especially like the positive spin on the chemotherapy element of treatment and as I am about to embark upon that part of my journey in the next few weeks, Jackie's words will help me to face this next step with a positive mental attitude. Thank you Jackie... A must read for those going through breast cancer and also those who care for us.
My sister bought this nook for me at the beginning of my journey and I resisted reading it until I was well into my Chemo, I just didn't want to know or be part of the Cancer club. I eventually picked it up one evening when I'd hit a real low and found it to be a real God send. I related to the information completely and could draw many parallels with my own situation. It removed the fear and gave me emence comfort and confidence that I would get there ... one step at a time. I have since bout it for others.
This book was so relatable it made me feel like she was going through it all with me