It’s official, dear readers, the Big Breast Adventure blog is about to become a book. My publisher For Pity Sake and I have just launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help make this happen. I am also very pleased to be able to provide you with a bit of ‘trusted insider’ information on the book – and remember, you heard it here first!
The title of the book is My Big Breast Adventure or How I Found the Dalai Lama in My Letterbox and you’ll see from the header pic on this post that the cover is well advanced. I hope you like it as much as I do.
I’m very proud (and, in truth, very humbled) that my oncologist, Dr Michael Copeman, has already written a wonderful foreword and my nursing sister sister, Mary Anne Yeldham, has penned a just-as-beautiful Afterword.
Each of the 33 blogs that I posted between February 2014 and October 2015 will be a chapter in the book and we plan to use many of the accompanying comments also without identifying surnames, of course. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, apart from all the medical and complementary therapeutic treatment I received during that time, I believe it was the support of my family, friends and your comments, dear readers, that got me through. Words cannot adequately describe my gratitude.
And finally, I’ve been tickled pink to receive some very kind endorsements for this work from other authors that I hold in great esteem. Excerpts of these appear on the Indiegogo campaign page but here they are in their full glory for your reading pleasure:
From Sara Dowse, author of the soon to be released As the Lonely Fly:
“This is a wise book, both witty and informative. I can’t think of another book that makes cancer more understandable for the lay reader, and at the same time less fearful. With searing honesty and rollicking good humour – a rare combination – Jennifer McDonald has tamed the beast for us all. If I’m ever unlucky enough to have the disease myself, a very likely occurrence given my age and the growing incidence of it, I will have her to thank for helping me face it as bravely as she has.”
From Dorothy Johnston, author of Through a Camel’s Eye:
“A funny, serious and beautiful book. Jennifer McDonald’s account of her treatment for breast cancer, first diagnosed in 2013, and based on a series of blog posts is warm and witty, sad, unexpectedly joyful, and full of insightful references to the books and people who helped and changed her.”
From Diana Thompson, author of the just launched Unbridled Passion:
“It has been a reading pleasure accompanying Jen on her Big Breast Adventure and finding out how the Dalai Lama got into her letterbox. Her grace and humility shine throughout in the face of what many of us would find a terrifying experience in our lives. Her strength is phenomenal and her writing full of humour, always finding a positive when a negative pops its ugly head up. This is an inspirational read for those who are currently suffering cancer or who have a loved one who might be facing their own battle.”
From David Burton, playwright of the Queensland Theatre Company’s St Marys in Exile and
author of How to Be Happy:
“This is a gorgeous book. Jen reaches out to you with absolute honesty and laugh-out-loud humour. This is a must-read for anyone battling a crisis. Humorous, helpful and heart-felt, it’s a work of outstanding courage in the face of an all too familiar, and bewildering, illness.”
I’d be absolutely delighted if you could see your way clear to extend your generosity to me one more time to help get My Big Breast Adventure further out into the world. Here’s the link to the Indiegogo campaign - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/my-big-breast-adventure-the-book#/ – and thank you in advance for anything you can do.
And now, a gentle warning dear readers – regular updates on this will be forthcoming!
All the breast.