There are lots of books offering medical advice on cancer, but this book is different. It chronicles the cancer experience through a lay persons eyes and through the immediacy of personal experience.
Ive Got Cancer, But It Hasnt Got Me demystifies the world of cancer and offers a sense of companionship and camaraderie. It empowers the reader to take ownership of her situation and encourages her not to define herself by the cancer. Practical tips are suggested and advice on other resources and support is given.
Ive Got Cancer, But It Hasnt Got Me is an all too common story of an ordinary woman (and her family) floundering around in the foreign land of cancer. But it is also a story of possibilities, of joy in meeting the challenge head on, of new friendships and of a deepened awareness of the beauty of life and the preciousness of the moment.
Breast cancer is a terrifying disease that, this year, will claim the lives of 630 Irish women. There are many cancer-related books on diet and alternative therapies but I ve Got Cancer, But It Hasn t Got Me by Derry-based Kate Dooher, is different. Just before her 50th birthday, on the eve of receiving a PhD, Kate was diagnosed with breast cancer. Four years on and, fingers crossed, her prognosis is good. Her reaction? To write a book that may help not only other people with cancer by demystifying the treatments, charting the highs and lows, physically, spiritually and emotionally, but would be invaluable to family and friends. A moving but practical guide to cancer. Image magazine, October 2004
When Kate Dooher discovered a lump on her breast her world was turned upside down. She immediately thought she had been handed a death-sentence. Thankfully, Kate survived and in her book, I ve Got Cancer But It Hasn t Got Me, Kate relives her experience. Kate, a residential centre worker who lives in Derry, says: "I am in my early 50s, I am married with four grown up sons. I m an ordinary woman. For some reason the experience of this dreaded illness has become my greatest gift. It brought me forcibly into the now. "...If anyone is heading down this road now, be prepared. People say the strangest things. Don t let them get to you, you have bigger battles to fight." Sunday World magazine, October 2004.
Foreward by Jan de Vries to this account of surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and the insights of a journal of the ordeal and the faith that buoyed the sufferer up to find and investigate her options for treatment and healing. Humour and pathos are part of the remarkable and readable story. Books Ireland, November 2004