They say there’s a book in all of us, but Alison Keenan from Holyport wouldn’t have written one had it not have been for her diagnosis of breast cancer.
You may recognise Alison from sitting on ITV’s This Morning couch, BBC’s Watchdog, The Holiday Programme, or her role at QVC The Shopping Channel. Her book,
A New Kind of Normal, is the story of her life up to and moving on from her diagnosis – growing up in the 1960s, juggling a career as a TV and radio presenter while raising three children and surviving two divorces.
“Nature made me wait till I was 15 for breasts,” she says. “Through cancer, I lost them, and with chemotherapy, all my hair, fingernails and a sense of who I was.”
Alison is honest and meticulous with the detail, as she believes if you take away the mystery, you can take away some of the fear of the disease. But there’s a lot to laugh at here too as Alison is also able to see the funny side of things. “I’d like to feel this book may be a source of comfort to anyone whose life is touched by breast cancer,” she says.
As she explains, we shouldn’t have to give up on hope – especially at this time of year.