Living with breast cancer contains my daily journal of the first three months of coping with the disease. My journal's original therapeutic purpose was to help me cope with the very dark days after the initial shock of my diagnosis. It starts on the day of my diagnosis and records a very difficult period, during which I go through surgery, suffer a serious post-op infection and undergo intravenous chemotherapy.
I stopped writing my journal after 95 days, when I considered that it was in danger of becoming a mundane record of daily activities like the school run and shopping. By then it had served its original therapeutic purpose of helping me to cope with the darkest days after the initial shock of my diagnosis. The final section Life after breast cancer brings my story up to date through six years of remission.