I have had this book about my journey with Multiple Myeloma in a folder on my laptop for several years now and I have been trying to decide how to bring it to people who might want to read about an ordinary Irish girl whose life has been interrupted by cancer.
I was going to talk to a publisher but then I said no.
I was going to self-publish and get some shiny glossy copies of the book to share with family and friends, but then I said no.
I was going to publish electronically so as you could download the book on a Kindle or some other e-device, but then I said no.
I have had several working titles for the book: (i) Me, Myself and Myeloma (ii) Life Finds a Way (iii) Myeloma and Me but I recently watched the movie Girl Interrupted for the first time and it struck me that is exactly what happened to me when I was diagnosed with cancer eight year’s ago. I had an ordinary life which was interrupted. So my new title for my book about living with cancer is An Irish Girl Interrupted.
Now, I know that the purchase of a book nowadays is a big commitment and that readers are very discerning about what they download. So, with that in mind I have decided to share this book with you in web format and to make it free to read!You can read as much or as little as you like. It won’t cost you anything at all.
I am posting the chapters from my book one by one on this website. If you would like an alert each time the chapters are uploaded you can either send me your email and I will be sure to let you know or you can simply FOLLOW this blog and you will receive the chapter each time I make a post here.
You will find all the book chapters under the category of ‘Book Chapters’ as well as in the blog roll. As well as the book chapters, I will be sharing some Musings from my life. These are not necessarily related to the book but sometimes touch on themes associated with the book. They might end up being just about my cats or the best way to make a cheese sandwich….. I will just have to wait and see.
I am also pasting the book links right here (below) so as you can always be sure you are reading them in the right order.
Thanks for dropping onto my blog. If you like even a tiny bit of what you see then I would be thrilled if you would Twitter it or Bookface it for me. Now off you go to Chapter 1 [I know that no one reads the foreword so no judgement here 🙂 ]
Chapter 1 – On finally giving in to it
Chapter 2 – Dear Diary, please excuse my writing
Chapter 3 – Diagnosis M
Chapter 4 – The Aftermath of the diagnosis
Chapter 5 – The Adjustment
Chapter 6 – In Treatment
Chapter 7 – Meanwhile at home, in work and in the real world
Chapter 8 – Harvest Time
Chapter 9 – Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Chapter 10 – Resting Up and Feeling Stir Crazy
Chapter 11 – Why Me?
Chapter 12 – The Transplant
Chapter 13 – In Isolation
Chapter 14 – Homeward Bound
Chapter 15 – Home is where the heart is (and the heartburn)
Chapter 16 – Picking up the pieces
Chapter 17 – The R Word
Chapter 18 – The One with the Levi’s
Chapter 19 – Setback #1
Chapter 20 – Back to Life
Chapter 21 – Back to Myself
Chapter 22 – One Year On
Chapter 23 – Meaning More than Words
Chapter 24 – A Concert, A Climb and A Jamboree
Chapter 25 – A Makeover and a Birthday
Chapter 26 – Setback #2
Chapter 27 – You Gotta Have Faith
Chapter 28 – The Kids Are Alright
Chapter 29 – In Sickness and In Health
Chapter 30 – Getting Through a Hospital Day
Chapter 31 – Nothing is ever normal or ordinary again
More chapters coming soon