AN INSPIRATIONAL author hopes her experience with cancer will motivate readers to combat the disease.
Elizabeth Caush’s second book – Cancer with a Small ‘c’ – has spent years on what she described as ‘a metaphorical bookcase’, until she was ready to revisit her painful memories.
Elizabeth, from Cosham, is one of three sisters diagnosed with cancer and she has written the book from the view of both patient and relation so readers will relate to the text one way or another.
Her eldest sister died of liver cancer almost two decades after her winning her battle with breast cancer.
It was her sister’s fight that she said inspired her to see the positive in everything.
Elizabeth, who is a member of Cosham Baptist Church, said: ‘We need to give cancer a small c.
‘We are in control of our attitudes, cancer doesn’t have that power.’
She said the book is intended to be as much a handbook as it is to give comfort. There is also a glossary of medical jargon is accompanied with a pronunciation guide.
After feeling unprepared for her own illness, Elizabeth felt a duty to ensure others will not be so uninformed about living with cancer.
She said: ‘People tell you stories but you still don’t know, there’s lots out there but largely just textbooks.’
Elizabth’s first book was called The Blanket Book, and was about the therapeutic value of knitting. A design consultant for Rowan Yarns, Elizabeth wrote her first book on the back of research proving the benefits of knitting.
Her book Cancer with a Small ‘c’ is now available to buy on Amazon for £8.99 paperback, £4.99 Kindle or £12.99 hardback.