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Cancer survivor from Blofield Heath pens lighthearted look on living with the disease

PUBLISHED: 17:29 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:07 31 March 2017

Clare Collins with her new book about her experience with cancer, Having a Bad Hair Day. Picture: Stuart Anderson

Clare Collins with her new book about her experience with cancer, Having a Bad Hair Day. Picture: Stuart Anderson

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She has been through not one, but two major cancer scares.

But rather than succumb to sorrow, Clare Collins, who lives in Blofield Heath, decided to write about her experiences.

Miss Collins describes her book, Having a Bad Hair Day, as a lighthearted memoir of the trials and tribulations of cancer, and a guide for anyone with questions about going through cancer treatment.

The 47-year-old said: “The title is because some people say they’re having a bad hair day. Tell a cancer sufferer that and they’ll say, ‘well you try losing it!’.”

Miss Collins was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy before being given the all clear in 2012.

But in June 2015, she was diagnosed with secondary cancer in her lymph nodes, spine and liver. She said that although the disease was now considered incurable, it did not stop her from getting on with things.

Miss Collins said: “I’m now on quite a bit of medications but nothing that stops me living my daily life.”

She started a blog about her experiences, which has been transformed into a book with the help of Wymondham-based cancer support charity Star Throwers.

Miss Collins said 9,000 people had viewed her blog. Miss Colins said: “If it has helped just one of those people it has been worth it.”

She said the book aimed to tell people about the ‘everyday’ side of having cancer - and addressed all the questions she had when she was going through treatment.

Miss Collins said: “I wanted to know how bad I’m going to feel - if I would be able to do anything or if I would be written off for the next five months.

“Also things like what: does radiology feel like?

“The aim of the book is to inform people about all of the care. The oncologists are fantastic, but they only have so much time to spend with each patient and people tend to be left with a lot of questions.

“I wanted to try to write about these things in a lighthearted way - I didn’t want to be writing anything morose or mournful.”

The book, published in February, is available via amazon.co.uk under the name Clare Davison, and it is also sold through Star Throwers and The Big C’s centre at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

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