The inspiring, uplifting story of a mother's courage in fighting both her breast cancer and for the right to treatment with Herceptin, to survive for her terminally ill son.
Barbara Clark is a former nurse, foster carer and mother of two children, one with special needs, and was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in February 2005. During her treatment, she found that there was a drug existing, Herceptin, that would double survival chances for her particular form of cancer from 14%. However, it wasn't available on the NHS and therefore, for Barbara, unaffordable. In the midst of aggressive chemotherapy, Barbara, incredibly, found the strength to fight not just the NHS but the government, and to win the right to be prescribed the drug on the NHS, not just for herself but for thousands of other women.
THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE will tell the story behind those headlines. It will tell how she first found her cancer, and what it was that gave her the will to battle on and take on, not just the disease but the authorities who were prepared to let her die for want of a drug. Barbara's reasons for living are her three children, two of whom she fosters and who have special needs: their stories and how they dealt with her cancer will also be central to this an amazing, uplifting, inspiring book. Herceptin has treated Barbara's cancer, but it doesn't guarantee a complete cure - rather, it buys her more time to care for the people who are most precious to her, to help other women and to pursue what she calls her 'passion for life'. THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE is the story of an extraordinary woman and of great human courage in the face of despair.
'The story that emerges is one of breathtaking courage that will make you laugh, cry and rage against the insanity of our health service bureaucracy. Ladies, buy this for yourself, buy it for your friends, and be inspired by this incredible woman who proves that when it comes to life or death, once person really can, and has, made a difference' - Daily Record
'I am full of admiration . . . she's astonishing' - Jenni Murray, Woman's Hour
'My kind of spirit' - Sharon Osbourne