The tag line for this book is “Just your average 28 year old…friends, family, facebook, cancer”. Not your run of the mill, ‘personal experience of a disease’ book, this one comes across more in the style of Bridget Jones.
“Carrie Bradshaw fell in Dior, I fell in Debenhams. It was May 2008, and it was spectacular. Uncomfortable heels + slippy floor + head turned by a cocktail dress = thwack. Arms stretched overhead, teeth cracking on floor tiles, chest and knees breaking the fall. It was theatrical, exaggerated, a perfect 6.0. And it was Significant Moment #1 in discovering that I had grade-three breast cancer.” (p. 2)
Lisa Lynch, a journalist and magazine editor, discovered she had breast cancer at 28. One of her ways of dealing with ‘The bullshit’ as she called it, was to write a blog telling it how it really was. Endorsed by Stephen Fry, the blog turned into a book – The C-Word.
Lisa beat breast cancer, the blog carried on, and there is talk of the BBC turning the book into a film; sadly however, three years later she developed a secondary cancer, and died earlier this year (2013).
The book is a great read whether you have had to deal with cancer in your life or not; for those who have they will surely recognize plenty of moments, for those who haven’t its a realistic eye opener, told in a very funny way.
Lynch, Lisa (2010) The C-word. London: Arrow Books.
Classmark: 362.19699490092 LYN (Health Library)