Catherine Thornton has recorded her journey through and beyond illness, her hopes and fears, and the different lessons she learned on the way. She offers advice on how to cope with difficult situations such as dealing with the medical system, telling your children that you are ill and keeping your will to survive strong through the tough times. Although Catherine battled cancer, the journey described in this book could apply to any serious life-changing illness. It will be a help and comfort to anyone who has been diagnosed with a serious illness and to their friends and family.
Catherine Thornton works as an infant club co-ordinator in a primary school. She is the author of Why Mum?, published by Veritas for children coping with the illness of a parent.
With realism, calmness, and humanity, this book broaches the topic of serious illness, with the author bringing us on `her journey through and beyond illness, her hopes and fears, and the different lessons she learned on the way. Among the problematic matters examined are the diagnosis the medical profession, family and friends, and most of all, oneself. Circumventing the self-help genre, the author manages to incorporate some very practical wisdom for anyone in such complex and taxing circumstances.
- The Furrow; July-August 2008