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Cancer girl writes book

3rd March 2007

A new book has been launched to help children cope with cancer.

Chemotherapy, Cake and Cancer was written by Megan Blunt in memory of her friend Nathaniel Burke who died at 11 years of age from the rare form of cancer that she has since survived.  The book is testament to Megan’s positive outlook which doctors feel probably went a long way towards saving the 14-year-olds life.

Megan’s tips for kids facing cancer include trying to make the anaesthetists laugh by telling them a joke, “Why do the French only have one egg for breakfast? Because one egg is un oeuf,? and eating ice cream while having chemotherapy to help with the inevitable mouth ulcers.

Megan also warns children facing the rigours of cancer that “parents can be a big problem!? She goes on to say that spending 24 hours a day with them can be exhausting especially when their natural reaction is to overly protect their sick child.  “Try to remember they need a break, too? advises Megan who also suggests the patient shares the enormous amounts of presents they receive with their siblings.

Described in The Times as “an unstoppable bundle of mental energy, a vortex of ideas, cooking know-how and goodwill to others?, Megan Blunt hopes her book will to help children cope during cancer treatment.  Speaking about Nathaniel she says, “He was my inspiration and I thought, if I wrote [the book] it would keep his memory alive. I can either feel guilty about surviving, or I can do something positive that will help other people.?

Chemotherapy, Cake and Cancer is available to download from www.clicsargent.org.uk


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