Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Books // The 'C' Word

The 'C' Word by Lisa Lynch

I wanted to read this book as soon as I finished watching 'The C Word' documentary a few years ago on BBC, however I've only just gotten around to it. And just to clear the title up, 'C' refers to cancer and not see you next Tuesday...

Lisa was 28 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer - an exceptionally young age to be diagnosed. She has an amazing job, set of friends, family and husband, which just goes to show that cancer (or any illness for that matter) really can just come into our lives and p*ss on your bonfire at any moment. With an attitude of 'it won't happen to me' - admittedly very similar to my own - Lisa was totally shocked when she went to collect her results from your average cyst biopsy.

Essentially, this book follows Lisa's fight against cancer. However, it's completely honest and that's what I love about it. It's realistic, telling it like it is instead of painting a rose tinted picture of what it's  like to lose your hair or feel like sh*t after a chemo session. She tells us what it's like to not be able to live the life you once had, try for a baby any more, or even taste the flavours of your husband's cooking.

Despite how morbid that sounds, Lisa's voice is exceptionally sarcastic, and although sometimes heart breaking, this book is also hilarious and will make you smile. Lisa also set up a blog as her outlet during her fight, which has now obviously attracted tonnes of readers from all over the world.

I wouldn't usually reveal how a book ends but in this case, I will. Because even though Lisa beat her breast cancer, a few years later Lisa was faced with stage four cancer - this time in her bones. Incurable yet manageable. And so in 2013, Lisa sadly passed away despite giving it all she had.

I haven't read her blog much but I have had a dabble, and already know from her book that Lisa was an extraordinary woman who clearly wanted to help others in every way she could. Her book is inspirational, and really does remind you that life is short - we should be grateful for what we have and embrace every single moment.

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