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Change your diet. Think positive and you'll live. Doctors aren't always right. Get some experimental treatment. Watch this YouTube video. Read this article. Visit this website. It's the chemo that'll kill you, not the cancer.
There's always a chance.
There's always hope.
There's no harm in trying...
When Gideon Burrows was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour, he found himself in the cancer twilight zone: a place where hope and wellbeing are exalted, and where truth and rationality are sometimes optional extras.
It's a world where the dying are always bravely battling, survivors are venerated and where charities and wellness gurus are beyond criticism. It's a place of miracle diets, self-healing and positive thinking.
When there are so many contradicting opinions and so much background noise, how do you separate the sane from the sound? How do you make decisions that are wise rather than wishful thinking?
Gideon's latest book 'This book won't cure your cancer' challenges the very foundations of how we respond to the disease. It will make you angry, it may make you cry. It will make you feel hopeful and hopeless in equal measure.
Above all, though, it will make you think.
Gideon is also author of Men Can Do It: The real reason dads don't do childcare, which was awarded Self Published Book of the Year 2014.
His other books include Living Low Grade about living with a slow-growing brain tumour, Write for Charity, and a series of books on the arms trade, and a comedy travel guide among the UK chilli scene Chilli Britain.
Gideon worked as campaigns co-ordinator for Campaign Against Arms Trade before becoming a journalist writing on social justice, charities and public affairs. He was a staff journalist on Community Care magazine, then worked on various sector titles including Third Sector, Guardian Society, Social Enterprise and Municipal Journal.
Gideon founded ngo.media in 1998 to provide editorial and copywriting services, and training on copywriting, marketing and media, for charities. ngo.media quickly became the charity sector's leading editorial and writing training agency.
Gideon has trained hundreds of charities across the UK on every aspect of their communications work.
In May 2012, Gideon was diagnosed with an incurable, inoperable brain tumour, which he blogs about at Bicycles and Brain Tumours.
He lives by the sea in Northern Ireland, has two children, five bicycles and a comprehensive, though generally failing, vegetable patch.