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.
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.