Reading the book

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 🙂 ]

Foreword/Author’s Note 

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

5 thoughts on “Reading the book

  1. Roisin McQuillan April 10, 2015 — 1:35 pm

    Dear Brenda

    What an inspiring woman you are. Your down to earth, practical, way of describing your illness and treatment makes it very accessible. But it’s very moving at the same time.

    Lots of love to you and your lovely family who have all been through such an amazing journey. I am looking forward to reading the rest of your book when it’s available.

    Róísín McQuillan


  2. ❤ from one on a continuing similar journey of more than 20 years now. Totally inspirational and moving ❤


  3. Thank you so much for your comments … Really appreciate them x


  4. Serious illness explained as it is in clarity and with courage. A revelation to read.


  5. Michael O'Neill April 17, 2015 — 3:22 pm

    Great read….unfortunately I could have wrote this myself…..uncanny how much my illness matched yours…..well done for opening people’s eyes to our relatively unknown sickness…..keep the fight going ❤❤


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