Chemo chronicle fires up Kindle users
A woman who survived two bouts of breast cancer in four years has seen her ebook Chemo and Back Again gain global recognition.
The e-book follows Andrea Fairbairn’s journey through cancer treatment after her second diagnosis in April, 2011, to post-chemo life in June this year.
Ms Fairbairn, who grew up in Kapiti, said she was first diagnosed in 2007 on her 39th birthday. After surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and drug treatment with herceptin, she was declared cancer-free – only to face a second bout.
Now Chemo and Back Again has gained international attention after being featured as book of the week by California-based Kindle Fire User Group.
The group offers advice and help for thousand of followers who use the Kindle e-reading device. Ms Fairbairn said she loves writing, and the international attention on the book, coinciding with breast cancer awareness month, had been a career highlight.
”There seems to be a huge growth in attention being paid to ebooks and self-publishing. I just hope that more of the people that need to read the ebook will hear about it now.”
Ms Fairbairn launched the Breast Cancer Nirvana website during her second round of treatment for breast cancer.
”My website is part of a support system and research shows that with more support, women have higher breast cancer survival rates.”
Ms Fairbairn has worked as an international aid worker and helped children and young people in Azerbaijan with the United Nations, and Brazil with international group AFS. She said the book’s success came as a ”a huge surprise” but showed how significant the Kindle users were as a group.
”One in nine women in New Zealand is affected by breast cancer and my goal has always been that in sharing resources, breast cancer will be easier for other women and their families and friends.”
The diary includes tips and tricks for dealing with chemotherapy treatment, a how-to guide for alleviating side effects, and a post-chemo trip to France.
Ms Fairbairn has been diagnosed as cancer-free again and works with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
– Chemo and Back Again, from breastcancernirvana.co.nz, or Amazon, $9.95. Sales during breast cancer awareness month go to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.