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Cathy Koning
Life Blood: Lessons from one woman who survived serious illness against the odds
Cathy Koning, author

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

‘I decided to call my cancer the little c rather than the Big C. I wasn't giving it that much power over my life!' Cathy has been feeling unwell for some time. Eventually her worst fears are confirmed with the shock diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Cathy has a deep-seated aversion to medical procedures but without immediate treatment she will not survive - not a great combination. Maybe this is not going to end well. Cathy's moving, unflinchingly honest and often humorous recollections and reflections chart her experience from diagnosis to cure and beyond. Along the way, she is admitted to ICU and placed in an induced coma, her mother dies, she undergoes a lifesaving but risky stem-cell transplant and marries her partner of 37 years. Cathy chronicles her cancer journey for readers seeking a better understanding of what it's like to be a patient trying to survive against the odds. It's for family and friends supporting a loved one, medical practitioners and patients themselves.