Blurb: Rachel Haynes survived bowel cancer, not once, but twice. This is her story about facing treatment, the joy of remission, followed by the heartbreak of relapse and finally unexpectedly a cure. Rachel reflects on the messy psychological legacy of survival in all its raw highs and lows. And of her overwhelming urge to finally make sense of a life she never thought she would see. With taboo-breaking humour and honesty, she vividly describes her experience of cancer, the impact it has on her loved ones alongside a tender description of how life has brought her full circle back to love. It is a rallying call to wake up to what s important in life and to never give up hope. A quest to get to the answer of what to do when you have a second chance at life. Rachel Haynes faced a 7% chance of survival when she was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer at the age of 45. All profits from the book will be donated to Bowel Cancer UK. What lies beneath survival is the realisation that the end of treatment is not the end of the story.
Review: Firstly, I want to apologise for how long it’s taken me to not only review but finish reading this book. It should have been a quick read but there is so much to this book that I’m glad I didn’t read it quickly.
Sadly I’ve seen first hand what cancer does to families and it’s not pretty in the slightest. I was there until the very end with my Nan I’m glad we could be there for her but it was one of the hardest most gut wrenching times of my life. I’ve lost a friend and another family member also as well as seeing colleagues lose love ones to this disease. For those of you new to my blog I worked for Cancer Research UK for 3 and a half years before opting for a change and wow some of the stories I’ve listened to over that time.
Rachel is a survivor! She explains her story with grace and the odd ounce of humour. It’s such a tough subject and I found myself often thinking back on my Nan and friends prognosis and I could relate to how her family members were feeling. This book is a frank and honest account from a survivor who battled this disease not once but twice. My Nan fought it the first time but she wasn’t as lucky as Rachel the second time.
I really liked the fact Rachel has clearly thought about what she wanted to say in this book. She delves into the nitty gritty and the after the cancer…a truly informative read on everything to do with cancer and also focusing on those around you. I can’t imagine how it was explaining to her kids but throughout she was extremely honest. I also liked that she took us right up to date with where she is now.
I also commend Rachel on wanting to share her story for good. There are so many forms of cancer and sadly Bowel Cancer is one of the worst. We shouldn’t shy away from being informed.