Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Unbreakable Spirit: Facing the challenge of cancer in New Zealand

Unbreakable Spirit: Facing the challenge of cancer in New Zealand
by Karen McMillan

Published by McKenzie Publishing in Trade Paperback on 24 August 2105, RRP $34.99

An invaluable collection of real life stories of cancer, representing a wide range of circumstances that will provide comfort and help for families facing cancer.

Unbreakable Spirit is a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of cancer. It tells the true stories of people who have survived cancer and of those who are terminally ill. It also shares the experiences of people who have had a loved one die from cancer and includes information from hospice workers, oncologists, GPs, a counsellor, surgeon and breast physician.

When Karen McMillan’s parents, both of whom had lived with cancer, died in their prime, she started her own journey to find the answers to her questions from the stories of others. How do people cope with their own mortality? How frightening is the Big C? Are treatments improving? How does cancer impact on a family? What hope is there for the future?

Unbreakable Spirit was first published in 2003, and it has helped numerous families facing cancer. In this revised edition, Karen finds out what has happened to many of the people featured in the book and updates their stories. She discusses the advances of medical science in the past decade and other changes. She also tells her own story of being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 – a positive story of the importance of early detection through screening, and she includes insightful new chapters from her medical team.

English language rights have been sold worldwide.

About the author:
Karen McMillan is the author of fiction and non-fiction. Her non-fiction titles include Unleash Your Inner Seductress and Feast or Famine.  Fiction works include the bestselling novel The Paris of the East and Watching Over Me. Karen lives in Auckland.

Previously an award-winning fashion designer, Karen has worked full time in publishing for the past fifteen years. She is a breast cancer survivor. 
For more information about Karen and her writing visit www.karenm.co.nz.

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