The Shock Factor Sarah's Story - beating cancer one day at a time : A review
I read Sarah's story in 2 sessions...it really is quite intriguing. I trekked Kilimanjaro in September 2016 with expedition leader Dave - Sarah's husband - who is referred to often in this book and contributes his perspective too. I met Sarah briefly in February 2016 and would never have guessed what a journey she'd only recently been on. I was stunned by her beauty and elegance...her amazing curly black hair, porcelain smooth and clear complexion with the most gorgeous eyes and smile. Little did I know what she had been through.
Sarah's story sounds like a terrifying and lengthy ordeal however Sarah finds a positive aspect out of every situation (how did she manage that?!) but she continues this theme throughout the book whilst the reader understands the gravity of the diagnosis and ensuing treatment, surgery and recovery. Tips and helpful information are dotted throughout for those diagnosed with cancer, and for friends and family too. Tips that are invaluable and can only be given by one who has trodden the cancer pathway.
The journey clearly tested Sarah's every ounce of physical, mental and emotional strength and well being yet at no point does she wallow in self pity whilst not making mockery of the journey. The fact that she found time to make notes and write this book through such an intense and involved ordeal is a testimony to Sarah's resolve to Kick Cancer's Butt.
I take my imaginary hat off to you Sarah Pickles for achieving so much. Not only did you fight cancer with the energy of a team of Storm Troopers, you wrote a fantastic book, raised money for charity, created and hosted networks for others undergoing cancer treatment both in person and on social media. Throughout this your love, devotion and loyalty to your husband, daughter, family and friends is so clear to the reader. Maybe therein lies the secret...
I would recommend this book to anyone...literally anyone...is there anyone out there whose life hasn't been touched by cancer? Wether a friend, family member, a sufferer yourself or (as in my case) those left behind when the cancer won the battle. I found the book inspiring. Although Sarah's story is pertinent to breast cancer there is so much information in it that could be useful in any type of cancer.
An author now too Sarah! *bows* Xx
About the Author
I am a 34 year-old woman, married and a mother of a beautiful daughter, Lillie. On the 22nd of September 2014, my life changed when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although from that point it felt as though we were in the middle of a strange and surreal dream, once I had absorbed the news I knew I was going to take control of this before it took control of me. I was determined to approach the future in a positive way and use my journey to help others on a similar path and those who may find themselves in a similar situation in the future. So I decided to write a book about my experiences share the high, lows, experiences and lessons of my journey including exercise, health, diet and beauty and hair tips in hope I can help and inspire many women through their battle with cancer. When I was diagnosed with cancer I was determined that if it was always going to be a part of my life I wanted it to be a positive and a happy memory and this has been my mission throughout. I have done this by setting up a Facebook page called Sarah’s story- beating breast cancer one day at a time, sharing each step of my journey as well as a Facebook group called the butterfly cancer networking group, so women going through cancer can chat with each, offering support and advice. I organise themed events every couple of months to bring women together to socialise and have fun whilst raising money for different cancer charities and am currently promoting my story through speaking at events, radio stations and the local news to create awareness.