John Walker Pattison was born in the wonderful seaside town of South Shields 65 years ago. He is a long-suffering, yet dedicated Newcastle United supporter; however, there is little doubt that the crucial hinge in John’s life, is his beautiful wife, June. “Nothing is more important than family,” says John.

He recently retired from his post as a senior clinical nurse specialist in haematology at his local hospital, a place that established his cancer diagnosis almost fifty years ago, and he is humbled to be one of the longest living cancer survivors in the UK today.

His first children’s book, ‘Strange Trips and Weird Adventures’ is the first in a series of adventures of Daniel and Papa; available worldwide from 30th June 2021 and will be followed by Blenkinsop Blabbermouth and the Ghost of Captain Broderick McCaffery, then, The Fastest Water Pistol in Splodge City. The Kingdom of Huckleberry Jam was recently completed. Publication dates to follow.

He enjoys the solitude and escapism of fly-fishing and photographing Native Americans. In 2018, he spent a week on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, as a guest of the Lakota Sioux Nation.

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South Shields grandad who was diagnosed with 'incurable' cancer at 18 publishes children's book | ITV News Tyne Tees