I know that cancer kills. It killed my mother, one of my grandmothers, several friends, plus tried to kill two of my cousins, one of my grandfathers, my father, several more of my friends, and tried to kill me – twice.
Despite many cancers now becoming much more survivable, in itself it is not funny. Not in the least.
What can be funny, though, are the often ridiculous and hilarious things that can happen as a result of dealing with doctors, nurses, hospitals, chemo-baldness, prostheses, ultra-sound tests, examinations and loads more ancillary issues which invariably you trip over while going through your cancer journey.
It wasn’t my idea in the first place, though.
In 2005 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer (unrelated to the bladder cancer I had been receiving treatment for since 2003) I was feeling, shall we say, to be a bit of martyr.
Chatting on the phone to old friend and business colleague kicked me out of all that. This friend had been enduring metastatic bowel cancer for several years by then.
“Suze,” he ranted down the phone to me, “I’ve been looking for some humour about cancer all over the internet and all I can find is some very bad jokes. You’re the writer who produces joke books amongst other stuff – get on and set up a blog where we cancer survivors can go and have a laugh that we need so badly.”
So I did.
This book is based on that blog – a journal of cancer journeys, if you like – sharing everything I wrote for the blog over the years, plus what so many others very kindly contributed, plus some other things I’ve come across (or written) that make cancer survivors smile.
Because I need to earn a living, you have to buy the book. It costs USD $8.49 which is about GBP £5.55 or € EUR 6.45 – the pre-publication price (it will be published as a full-length print and Kindle book soon.)
And from each sale I guarantee to pay the following:
10 percent to Macmillan Cancer Support in the UK: a wonderful charity that provides essential support to cancer patients and carers across all tumour types, all the way through our cancer journeys. I’m proud to say I work (as a volunteer) with Macmillan nurses and other staff and am so pleased to be able to give something back to them.
10 percent to BreastCancer.org in the USA: this charity was a lifesaver for me when I had the breast cancer. People talk about a “wealth of information” but BreastCancer.org really has it: detailed, in-depth information about every imaginable aspect of breast cancers. It’s run by two doctors but is very patient-friendly, with numerous forums you can join to share experiences.
If you are on a cancer journey – or you’re a carer, relative or friend of someone who is – buy this book, read on, enjoy, have a laugh, and help these two extremely worthy causes.
Laughing is good for everyone!