Book launch

Berkshire Life - - This Month -

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.

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