Writer tells tale of survival and determination
A retired widower has penned a heartfelt new book to tell the inspiring story of his wife’s battle with breast cancer.
Cecil Horn, from Nettlefield in Kennington, published his second novel Rosieta Rosalini at the end of last year, mixing real life experiences and fiction to create an uplifting story.
Cecil, 88, and his late wife Marjorie had been married for 46 years when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in the late 1990s.
But far from the doom and the gloom, they spent another 11 years together, living life to the full despite the long battle ahead.
Cecil, also known to Marjorie as Dick, said: “When the consultant first confirmed Marje’s breast cancer I was close to surrender, I was devastated. I thought it was like an immediate death sentence.
“We had our tears, but then she said ‘Dick, give me all the support you can, and I will do the fighting, there will be no surrender’. She set herself targets like weddings, birthdays, Christmas and Easter.
“When she reached them, she aimed for new ones. She had a determined attitude and that’s what helped her along. I think it was her optimistic outlook that gave her those 11 years.”
Together they enjoyed life with their two children Pam and Ray, and their grandchildren who would come to visit.
They also went away on their travels, visiting Canada, visiting the Rocky Mountains and flying over in a helicopter, and seeing Niagara Falls.
Along with the care provided at the Pilgrims Hospice, Cecil has gone on to complete his second book, drawing upon his experience of optimism and adding a touch of his own storytelling licence for his readers.
He said: “For a long time after her death I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was a fish out of water. I decided I had to do something and decided to write my second book.
“I’m not hoping to increase the sales of it. If it sold a million, it could never replace the memory of my Marje.
“I have not written either of the books to make money. I wrote Rosieta Rosalini to fill that period of depression that I had when the wife I had loved for 57 years was no longer in our home.
“It has to be experienced to know what a bereavement can do.”
He has given away free copies of his book to friends and to the Pilgrims Hospice to help others who are facing the same battle. It is available online with Amazon.
To find out more call 01233 660148.
Cecil Horn with his book Rosieta Rosalini
Cecil Horn’s wife Marjorie