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Sarah-Jane Phillips
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15 Feb 2013
What makes Worms on Parachutes Unique? "This is not just another cancer survival story. It's a story about life and what's important in life. It's a story about the path that life can sometimes take us down and it's about choices. The author was presented with a set of unfortunate circumstances twice in her life, once as a young girl and once as a mother and wife, who on both occasions gained strength from those around her. Lots of people would crumble in found in the same circumstances. People will relate to Worms on Parachutes whether they have had cancer or not and that, in essence, is what makes it stand out" Sarah's first encounter with cancer was at the age of sixteen, as she faced her final school exams before college. She endured ravaging chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Hardly more than a child, she learned from fellow patients about human frailty and indomitable spirit. SHE ALSO LEARNED SURVIVAL. But the treatment that saved her from Hodgkin's disease would later trigger breast cancer in the midst of career, marriage and raising two young daughters. Once again she relied on the heroics of health and nursing teams to support, treat and rebuild her. As all the old fears of terminal illness came under control, she felt cocooned in a manner symbolised by happy, comforting WORMS ON PARACHUTES that in her anaesthised dreams cascaded on her hospital bed. This is more than a story of triumph over adversity. It conveys beyond the hospital wards and specialist departments voices from inside the world's biggest health service, of patients and staff alike sharing hopes and fears, brutal reality and everyday miracles... "What a brilliant book! Congratulations on Worms on Parachutes" - Lorraine "Incredibly emotional and well-written." Penguin Sarah's journey and spirit are incredible. Sarah's writing is from the heart." - Richard Amos, Division of Radiology, MD Anderson Cancer Centre. "A candid and well-written story. A beautiful book." - Wendy Woodward, Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Centre. "Every health minister should read this book and note its content." - Terence Blocksidge, Former Medical Correspondent - Birmingham Post and advisor to the Canadian Government, London.


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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (15 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482058111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482058116
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I asked readers what they felt my unique selling point was for Worms On Parachutes, and this is what they said.

From Carl Marsh of Newsigned Books, avid reader and serious reviewer.

I did not know where to begin with this autobiographical book as it really did catch me off guard, I was expecting it to be sad and so-so serious (Cancer is serious and not a subject I like to think about), which it is, but, it is humorous and Sarah really did make me laugh at times when I was reading this book, it also made me extremely sad when reading what she went through, both as a child of 16 (her first meeting with the big C), and then again in her early 30's being diagnosed with breast Cancer. At this time she was married with two very young daughters and had a rock of a husband.
What they must have gone through, I, err, well, I can really understand based on my own personal experiences, it's just by reading this book, it puts everything into perspective; Sarah had and has a strong bond with her family, so much love from them and her friends also, she also after having her first breast Cancer operation decided that when she would have any further operations, she would get herself fit, eat healthy and then set a challenge of running the London Marathon! I don't want to give too much away as you really will smile, cry, adore this lady, be motivated, realise that life can be cruel but, it is how you deal with these issues, and Sarah writes in detail all of her up's and down's, and in heartwrenching detail at times, it does make you realise that if Sarah can come out of what she went though so positive, we all can and should take something from this. I finished this book with a smile, which when I was reading half-way through the book, I thought I would be crying at the end, I was not, I was so overjoyed at hearing how much money she raised for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and then to hear that HALF of the proceeds from this book are being donated to the NHS; remarkable, a remarkable lady.

Everyone should read this book as we all need to be aware of Cancer and what it can do to you and your families, I am so much more enlightened by having read this and will make the most out of my life as you never know what bad news is around the corner!


I will not mark out of ten as I don't think this would be high enough!
I looked on Amazon and to give you an idea, this book has 56 five star reviews and nothing less!

This is the first book that Sarah-Jane has written and it now appears as helpful reading material in the library at Cancer Research UK. It has also made it into the boutique reading library of Breast Cancer Care in Western Australia. Written in the hope to help and inspire others whilst raising money for charity in an effort to give something back to the institution which saved her life.
Sarah-Jane Phillips was born in Wolverhampton before being whisked away to Rhodesia where her journalist father based her family to report on the political unrest in what is now Zimbabwe. She spent her early childhood in Africa before returning to the United Kingdom to finish her education. Her interests range from a deep love of boy bands to raising money for a charity which is very close to her heart, Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Sarah was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer at 36years of age, and a mum with two young daughters to look after. This was the second time cancer entered her world after overcoming Hodgkins Disease in her teenage years. Worms On Parachutes is a very honest account of her journey as she experienced the emotional highs and lows faced following a diagnosis. The author hopes to offer hope and encouragement to others faced with the shattering diagnosis of this awful disease. The book will allow you to understand what all the treatment will entail both as a patient and also as a loved one or friend sharing this unfortunate journey and how you will be able to offer support. It is written in such a friendly tone, it is very easy to read and you will feel like you are taking the journey with her. You will even find yourself laughing and realise her humour as it slips off the page. Sarah's diagnosis allowed her to emerge stronger as she challenged herself to projects she would never have imagined possible. As result you can find her doing anything from jiggling collections pots at local supermarkets, to hosting black tie events to raise money for Breakthrough and other related charities. Worms on Parachutes, came to fruition after being so inspired by her surgeon and the rest of her medical team. She felt the best way to thank them for the exceptional care received was to write a book. Half of the proceeds from all sales will be donated to her hospital trust in order for future patients to benefit, Worms on Parachutes is such an endearing title, and the perfect title for the book. You must read it to understand and appreciate why.
The author has fulfilled many media opportunities as an advocate for her preferred charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and is very keen to help raise awareness of breast cancer in her community.Worms on Parachutes is receiving loca media interest from all channels, radio, newspaper and TV and is soon to be aired on Anglia TV news. Sarah-Jane will soon be a quest on the Gaby Roslin show talking about Worms on Parachutes and the work of Breakthrough. Sarah-Jane will appear in a feature in the Daily Mail newspaper on radiation treatment causing the onset of a second cancer.

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About the Author

This is the first book that Sarah-Jane has written and it now appears as helpful reading material in the library at Cancer Research UK, and also in the boutique reading library at Breast Cancer Care in Western Australia. Sarah-Jane was born in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands and lived in Shropshire, England for the first thee years with my family, before being whisked away to Rhodesia where she spent her early childhood. She returned to the United Kingdom to finish her education, and pursue her career in travel. I have made my home in a tiny village in Bedfordshire where time is devoted to bringing up my two daughters, a female cat (following a mix up with its gender) and a Shih Tzu called Freddie, whom I named after one of the surgeons who saved my life. My husband can mostly take care of himself. My interests range from a deep love of boy bands to raising money for a charity which is very close to my heart, Breakthrough Breast Cancer. I have survived two forms of cancer. As a result you can find me doing anything from jiggling collections pots at local supermarkets, to hosting black tie events to raise money for Breakthrough and other related charities. Worms on Parachutes, symbolising my inner allies in my cancer survival , came to fruition after being so inspired by my surgeon. He operated on me several times, one particular operation lasted many hours. I felt the best way to thank him and his team was to write a book in order to raise funds for the under-appreciated heroes of my hospital team that treated me exceptionally well. I have been involved in media opportunities in The Stylist magazine and also commented on how breast cancer has impacted on my life in the Independent and the Independent i. I am an avid supporter of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and am very keen to help raise awareness of breast cancer in my community. Non fiction, author, book, humour, life, love, survivor, health, inspirational, self-published, 5 *reviews, honest, relationships, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, breast reconstruction, mastectomy, lymphoma, teenager, mother, wife, upbeat, pageturner,marathon training, diet and fitness, fundrasing,

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Moving 24 Feb 2013
By Allie K
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I laughed and cried all the way through Worms on Parachutes. Searingly honest, this book is a must for anyone about to embark on their own cancer battle or for family and friends supporting someone on a similar journey. Truly inspiring and well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courage and determination 8 April 2013
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Sarah's book was my bed-time read. You know how it is, I'll just finish this page, then I'll just finish this chapter. You then have to read the next chapter to see what happens next. I couldn't put the book down until it was finished. Sarah has endured more than most people and was so courageous in her battle to win. I have only admiration for her, firstly for the route she took to beat her cancer and then to have the courage to write an extremely informative book about her journey. Certainly she trod a difficult path and her husband Giles, family and friends must feel really proud to know her. Well done Sarah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book about selfless love and a will to survive 15 Mar 2013
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I received this book from my book club, the very next day I had read it from cover to cover. I couldn't put it down and when I came to the end I felt immensely sad that I had finished it. Once in a while I come across a book that really grabs my attention, this one pulled at my heartstrings.
Sarah's beautiful writing pulled me in and I felt I was there with her on her Journey, I willed her on to survive. Possibly the most courageous woman I have ever come across. Sarah's book will tug at your heart strings and make you cry and laugh and cry again. I recommend everyone read it for the sheer passion and love for her husband and children to her selfless will to run a marathon for something she believed in. We can all learn lessons from Sarah, an ordinary mother and wife. With an extraordinary will to live, who took on a battle and won. This book will stay with me forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully insightful book 26 May 2014
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I read "Worms on Parachutes" in one day - I couldn't put it down. It was heartfelt, insightful, inspiring, moving, and emotional - in the very least! Sarah is an amazing lady who has truly shown great courage and strength throughout her life, anybody reading this will be inspired to be positive no matter what life throws at them. We can all relate to Sarah's story in some way, whether as a mother, a friend, a husband or as someone who has had cancer themselves - this is a book for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 7 April 2013
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Great book I read it in an afternoon, so interesting and informative and very accurate, I can really relate to Sarah's story what a very strong, positive and determined lady. I definitely recommend buying this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! 3 April 2013
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Wow what a read! Having purchased the Kindle version of the book I have just read it...in a day! A very heartfelt story, written from the heart by a truly inspirational and courageous woman who has endured so much in her life and she's still only in her early 40s. Well done Sarah on coming through it and to the whole family for their continued loving support.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Reading 2 April 2013
By Carole
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I recommend that anyone who is about to go through any cancer treatment, or breast reconstruction to read this book. Sarah Jane is an inspiration to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 31 Mar 2013
By Gerry
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This is a beautifully written story straight from the heart. I read this book in one morning on holiday couldn't put it down. Well done Sarah.
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Strange to read someone else take on treatment they received of a vile illness which I have spent the last year fighting it is a hard road but there are positive outcomes and life... Read more
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I belong to a group called breast cancer buddies uk which Sarah is also a member of. This book has made me laugh and cry at the same time. Read more
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