Sue hopes that her memoirs will be an inspiration and encourage ladies who find themselves in similar circumstances.
Sue, now aged 55, had never kept a diary before but felt this was the right time to put pen to paper.
She said ‘I am going to write a diary and I am going to get it published to help other people’. It was quite easy to keep as I was writing about everyday things – how I felt and the impact of the treatment on other people. But I didn’t write it every day. Sometimes it would be a few days before I would write it.”
The focus of the diary is on wearing a stunning wig, gaining a new image and carrying on with the majority of normal activities, which radically changed the perceptions of many people regarding the impact of cancer.
Sue said: “I personally felt that I did not want to ‘look’ like a cancer patient, wearing a cap or a scarf on my head,” she says. “I had already chosen a wig which was very different from my own hair and I had bought some new cranberry coloured glasses so when I turned up at work I looked very different.”
Sue became a member of Breast Friends Solihull, a local support group which helps women both emotionally and practically from diagnosis and beyond. She was introduced to the charity with a Welcome Pack containing a host of useful information for newly diagnosed patients. Sue was able to make use of the voucher inside to purchase a wig and it was that wig which smoothed her journey through life during her treatments and provided the focus for her book.
The book is published by Matador publishers. Copies will be available for sale either from Sue via her website, Matador website or Amazon and other book stores (£7.99). £1 of which will be donated to Breast Friends Solihull.
Breast Friends welcomes anyone affected by breast cancer to their monthly meetings held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at SIMTR Centre at Spire Parkway Hospital.
As well as Sue Wheeler’s book signing, this months’ speaker is DR DARJA BRANDENBURG - CONSULTANT CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST talking on
Intimacy after cancer. For more information http://www.breastfriends-solihull.org.uk/ or call 0800 1313 500
Breast Friends Solihull, welcomes both National Health and Private Sector patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The group helps local ladies from the initial diagnosis, when much seems frightening and unknown, all through treatment and recovery.