Cellmates: Our lessons in cancer, life, love and loss by Rose T Clark is the astonishing true account of John and Rose’s gruelling experience of cancer, the eventual death of one, the grief and recovery of the other. It is published by Saraband on August 1, 2013.
The real-time pace of the book powers the reader along the couple’s rollercoaster of despair and hope during their struggle with John’s cancer, and shows unequivocally what they had to endure – both John, as sufferer, and Rose, as partner and carer.
Author Rose T Clark said: “During the last years of John’s life I wrote as a way to cope; deeply private, uncensored words not meant to be read. When John found the diary entries and letters, he asked me to promise I would share our story – what we had learned emotionally and practically, and the hope we found even in the darkest of times.
“If Cellmates helps even one person to deal with the challenges of cancer and caring for someone with it, then this book is worth writing. I also hope to raise awareness of the critical importance of support organisations such as Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and Marie Curie Cancer Care.”
Prominent cancer specialists have praised Cellmates for the help it could give to cancer sufferers and their families. Dr Elspeth Salter, a Clinical Psychologist with Maggie’s, urges all health professionals involved in cancer care to read it, so vividly does it describe what matters most to patients and their loved ones.
Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie’s, said: “Rose’s book is breathtakingly honest but also sad, touching, funny, inspiring and, perhaps most importantly, filled with love. It shows that there is a way forward after losing someone you love to cancer.”
For every copy of Cellmates sold, 10p will be donated to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and 10p to Marie Curie Cancer Care.