This new approach was so successful that it not only saved Russell’s life so that he became part of medical history, but it is now saving many more in New Zealand and contributing to global research into this newly identified lymphoma.
Not only is it a beautifully-written memoir, at turns dramatic and heart-felt and always compelling - it gives hope, not just in the power of love and support from those nearest, but also the outstanding level of care delivered by the New Zealand health system.
It is a story of complexity, of agency and positivity that validates human emotional response, and ultimately is a story of survival.
About the author: A secondary school teacher for 13 years, Rowan Bishop ran her own speciality catering company in Dunedin for a decade going on to publish six cookbooks, most recently, Rowan Bishop’s ‘Vital’.
Rowan, who lives in Hamilton and has four adult children with Russell, has written hundreds of columns about food, travel and everything in between.