"I was elated, but felt like weeping." ". . . a hangman's noose would be hanging over me for the rest of my life." THE FEAR OF AN EARLY DEATH is something that none of us likes to think about in our day to day lives. Most of us think that it happens to other people and not to ourselves. I was always very fit while growing up, and was never sick except for the seasonal cold or flu. Then a lot of people close to me started to die young, suffering from that drinkers' disease cirrhosis of the liver, or aneurysms, heart problems, and the disease that was to become the most common of them all: the Big C - cancer. I, at the age of forty-seven, was too young to have contracted bowel cancer, the hospital doctors told me; it was an 'old person's disease'. The hard battle to stay alive, if just for my young family, had begun. Four major operations, blood transfusions, chemo and radiotherapy did not defeat me and thankfully I'm here to tell the tale. This is my story... Patrick What will you make of Patrick Feenan, first ducking and diving to avoid the bullets in the troubled Northern Ireland . . . then ducking and diving nurse Lennon's protective eye, to slip into the washroom for a quick ciggie? He lays bare his thoughts and daily routine, but above all, his admiration and respect for his fellow cancer patients and the people who work within the NHS. Patrick Feenan is the author of The Twilight People.
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|Size: ||4.4 MB|
|Publisher: ||Paragon Publishing|
|Date published: || 2014|
|ISBN: ||9781782222248 (DRM-PDF)|
|Read Aloud: ||allowed|