After given the all clear in February 2018 I decided that I wanted to help make a difference to the battle against breast cancer. As a book publisher by profession, I naturally enough thought that some sort of publishing endeavour could be my way of making a contribution. The idea for my book, 50 THINGS I WISH I’D TOLD YOU: LIFE SKILLS, came to me in a flash of motherly guilt. Like everyone who gets the diagnosis, I had to consider the ‘what if?’ What if I wasn’t around for my children in the future and what were all the things I should have told them. So, I set about compiling a list of light-hearted things that I felt might smooth their path in life – from the simple (be nice to people) to the more complicated (the correct way to iron a shirt), the book not only deals with the boring stuff, but also tells them how to mix the perfect Martini (and the perfect hangover cure). I felt that there was a market for a book that parents could quietly slip into their children’s backpack as they set off to College, University or New Home, and breathe a sigh of relief.
I chose Prevent Breast Cancer because of the research work they are doing into the effects of food and lifestyle on the development of the disease. As a publisher of cookbooks, it seemed a natural selection. My aim is to raise £50,000 – whether I do it is another matter, but I am a great believer in just getting on with things, in some ways the same attitude I took to treatment. I look back now and can laugh at the moment I announced to a summer lunch party that I was just too hot and the wig was coming off. These experiences can shape us, but they can’t beat us!
You can purchase a copy of ’50 Things I wish I’d told you: Life Skills’ from the Prevent Breast Cancer shop, just click the link to find out more: