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Book Review: Ticking of Breast Cancer by Sara Liyanage

“Sara has just been diagnosed with breast cancer which is definitely not on her to-do list for the weekend…”

Ticking of Breast Cancer is Sara Liyanage’s story.

 Previously an expert multi-tasker in her capacity as a busy, married, forty-two-year-old mother of two, and part-time lawyer commuting into London, Sara managed her life by to-do list after to-do list.

However, when breast cancer appeared on her list, Sara s life was thrown upside down and she had to make a few changes. With the combination of medical appointments, scans, and harsh treatment, Sara s dignity, grace and composure all flew out the window, but she did retain the ability to get herself organised and make a few lists to help her through the treatment.

Armed with a multitude of shopping lists, to-do lists and checklists, she made it through eighteen months of gruelling cancer treatment to the other side, where, for the past couple of years, she s been basking in the glow of hair regrowth, new eyebrows and a renewed love for life.

Ticking Off Breast Cancer is a chronological narrative of Sara s life from the day of her diagnosis and throughout her treatment. It follows Sara as she deals with the physical, emotional and mental challenges thrown at her by cancer and provides an honest insight into the treatment given to a breast cancer patient together with the impact that this has on someone s life. 

We saw this book on Twitter when Hashtag Press, the publishers tweeted about it and they were lovely enough to send us a copy to read. Breast cancer affects so many people, either directly or indirectly, you will likely know of someone who has had it. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UKone person is diagnosed every 10 minutes and 1 in 7 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Ticking Off Breast Cancer is honest, equally funny as it is sad in parts and very moving. The most important thing about the book is it’s a positive source for both people diagnosed with breast cancer and for their family and friends. It’s an insightful guide to breast cancer from a lady who has lived through it and come out the other side. The advice in it also applies to many other cancers. Cancer as a whole affects 1 in 2 people and as Sara very rightly says ” It’s certainly not representative of what everyone goes through during cancer (cancers are different and cancer affects everyone differently) but it’ll give you a little insight to the world of cancer.”

The book is a very practical read that should feature on every to-read list as it breaks down the stigma that seems to surround people discussing cancer when it’s something that impacts so many lives. Sara has also created a website also entitled Ticking Off Breast Cancer, that has guest blogs and is a fantastic resource for all things Breast Cancer-related.

Ticking Off Breast Cancer is released via Hashtag Press on 26th September. You can pre-order your copy here.

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Written by Kelly McFarland

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