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For the Survivors

Yesterday, July 27 was #WorldHeadandNeckCancerDay. This note is from a #writer and #friend who is battling #cancer. It’s hard to see people go through so much suffering, and I hope those of you fighting your way will find the strength to believe in yourself.      #writerslife #inspiration #amazon#fightcancer

Tommy v Cancer: One Man's Battle Against The Big C by [Donbavand, Tommy] “In March 2016, I was diagnosed with stage 4 inoperable throat cancer and underwent intensive courses of both chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Shortly afterwards, I contracted both double pneumonia and sepsis, and was rushed into intensive care just hours from death.

I decided to journal my battle against cancer from diagnosis, through treatment, to the life-changing after effects of the disease. I did this on a new blog, promising to be open and honest about my journey at all times. Not only did this help me to make sense of what I was going through, I also hoped my posts might help anyone who was just starting out along a similar path – and their loved ones – but didn’t know what to expect.

I’ve now turned that blog into a book: Tommy V Cancer, adding lots of extra content and bringing my story right up to date. It can be a tough read in places, especially when I posted in the early hours, unable to sleep, and scared of leaving my wife and two sons to cope without me. However, I made sure to include plenty of humour to balance those posts out. 😉

Tomorrow – 27th July – is World Head and Neck Cancer Day, so I’ve dropped the price of the book to 99p/99c for the week in an effort to help raise awareness. If you are a sufferer, or you know someone who is (or just if you want to know more), please take a look and tell your friends and family. If you can share this on your own timeline, I would be extremely grateful.

Plus, if you work in healthcare (such as the NHS here in the UK), please get in touch and I would be delighted to send you a free copy.

Pardon my language, but cancer is a bastard! It affects more than just the sufferer, and leaves utter chaos in its wake. We MUST find a cure, and that will only happen when everyone is aware of just how destructive cancer can be.

Many thanks for your time. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Tommy Donbavand”

If you are interested in getting a copy of the book go here.

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Litro

This is Home is a short story I wrote last year about a Palestinian woman stuck in the middle of the conflict. Check it out here.

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Dove Tales – Family and Cultural Identity

Two poems “Dilemma” and “A Forced Silence” are included in Dove Tales Family and Cultural Identity released on the first of this month.

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