Mathew Wright

"A Love Affair with Cancer shows how hope, love, care and devotion can change the course of someone’s life, bringing light where there was only darkness before, hope where there was none."

 

I was thrilled and honoured when my friend John W.Pattison asked me, quite meekly, if I’d be prepared to write a foreword to his life story. When he told me, he was calling his autobiography A Love Affair with Cancer I have to admit I was intrigued, too. I knew a little of John’s story and a little more about the ravaging effects of cancer from friends, loved ones and relatives and simply couldn’t understand how or why anyone could ever have a “love affair” with such an appalling disease. But then I didn’t know John’s entire story. I hadn’t read it - it was still being written at the time - but now I have I do understand.

And understanding a little about cancer, about the fact that no two people ever have the same experience; about how it haunts its victims not just before and during treatment but afterwards as well. I think that’s important information for all of us to know.

I’ve lost my father and grandfather to bowel cancer. My two uncles have it at the moment. I nursed a beautiful young woman through breast cancer. I only wish I had read John’s book before doctors broke the news to Dad or told Caroline the lump in her breast was indeed malignant. I’d have been a lot more use I’m sure. The facts concerning cancer are horrible.

I do a lot of talks about the Big C. To gain the audience’s attention I tell them that if the person on their left doesn’t develop cancer and the person on the right is also destined to have a cancer-free life then they themselves will probably develop the disease. That’s what the statistics tell us.

But John’s book tells us an awful lot more. A cancer diagnosis doesn’t spell the end. A failed treatment course doesn’t mean a life is over. A Love Affair with Cancer shows how hope, love, care and devotion can change the course of someone’s life, bringing light where there was only darkness before, hope where there was none.

I sincerely hope you read this book – and find it as inspiring as I do. Have a long, happy and fulfilling life.

 

Matthew Wright

Television and Radio personality.

 

 

 

 

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