Dear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum’s Diary of HopeDear Cancer, Love Victoria: A Mum’s Diary of Hope by Victoria Derbyshire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having had a mastectomy 2 weeks ago, I was ready to read another ‘cancer book’ (One I’d asked for as I’d found VIctoria’s videos helpful) after a bit of a break. Aside from immediate reconstruction the experience feels very like mine – all the thoughts that go through your head (I’m not going to wake up from the op), although I haven’t started chemo yet so still got all that to go. I suspect this will be another book that health workers could read to understand the emotional and mental aspects as much as the physical. As everyone says, it’s not going to be pleasant but it is doable … so there’s some useful tips for chemo prep too! The bit I really resonated with is the desire to keep working (as did Maggie Smith on Harry Potter whilst she undertook treatment) as much as possible, to keep some normality and sense of control. Who knows if I’ll be able to, but it’s good to know that I’m not alone in that! And who knew when I appeared on her show the day after the Brexit vote – she was still wearing a wig!

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