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'Me and My Shadow - memoirs of a cancer survivor.' (Purchase links)

Publisher direct (UK only):  Me and My Shadow | Book | Austin Macauley Publishers

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An inspirational and, triple award-winning author.


John Walker Pattison, describes himself as a dreamer. He was born on Monday, 4th February 1957, in South Shields, England - although, by his own admission, he spent his school days clowning around, neglecting his intellectual chemistry. But, today, he is a multi-genre award-winning author.


He retired from his post as a senior clinical nurse specialist and head of service in haematology at his local hospital, partially due to chronic illnesses as a consequence of the salubrious chemotherapy and radiotherapy he received decades ago - this being the same hospital that established his cancer diagnosis almost 50 years earlier.


He has written dozens of articles for national and international nursing and medical press - presented lectures the length and breadth of the country on many aspects of haematology and cancer management. However, Pattison knows that his greatest achievement in life is being one of the UK's longest surviving cancer patients.

He enjoys the solitude and escapism of fly fishing and photography – but his main love is his travels across America.

The article below appeared in 'Jerk of all Trades' written by Maggie St Thomas, Long Beach, California.

"...Once I picked up this book, I could not put it down. It is packed with heartfelt honesty and emotion and I defy anyone not to be touched by the author's incredible story. Possibly one of the best memoirs I have read and the ultimate survivorship story of overcoming all of the odds..." Lucas Morgan (Amazon review).


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