A FORMER cancer sufferer will be donating all of the profits from her self published book to St Luke’s Hospice and Breast Cancer Care.
Karen Tighe from Harrow Weald, was once a trustee of the Hospice. She has written a book called, I Felt a Right One, which is about her battle with breast cancer.
The 51-year-old primary school teacher said: “St Luke’s means a lot to me, my mother died in there and my father used the day care centre. It is very close to my heart. I was also a trustee for six years.
“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I wanted to do something positive so I undertook lots of fundraising and this has culminated in me writing and self-publishing a book.”
St Luke’s Hospice, in Kenton Road, Harrow, cares for people whose illnesses are no longer curable, enabling them to achieve the best possible quality of life during the final stages of their illness.
The book, I Felt a Right One, is the story of Karen’s own pain and suffering, both physical and emotional.
Karen said: “I am trying to sell the 1,000 copies I had printed and if I do then each charity will receive approximately £2,500. I am encouraging people to buy direct from the publisher.”
Karen who is a school governor for Hatch End High School, Headstone Lane, Harrow said: “I Felt a Right One is a true story of an ordinary woman, and her journey through discovery, diagnosis, treatment and reconstruction caused by breast cancer.
“I think it is particularly helpful in describing the physical, emotional and psychological processes that a patient can go through and how that impacts upon their life, and that of their family.”
Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 46 years old, she is nearly four years clear. She added: “My aim in writing the book was to make cancer less frightening and anyone who is either suffering from cancer, or knows someone who is, will find the book to be of great help.”
Publishing agent, Vivienne Shuster who recommended the book be self published said: “Some of the endorsements of the book are from people who pre-read it. No reader could fail to be moved by her strong and positive approach to every woman’s nightmare, the diagnosis of cancer in the breast.
“Her account of how she, with the support of her husband, family and friends, tackled the difficult months that followed is moving and uplifting. She is clearly a person with great grit and determination.”
Chief executive of St Luke’s Hospice, Mike Coward said: “Karen was an enthusiastic trustee for St Luke’s for five years up until 2011 and has continued her support of the hospice in many other ways.
“Her book is a moving account of a traumatic time in her life that will give hope and inspiration to others. We are delighted that the proceeds of the book will help St Luke’s to continue to provide much needed free end of life care in the Harrow and Brent community.”
n The link to the publisher’s website is: www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=2060.