Mammogram's Save Lives

Avril Dalziel Saunders   Mammogram's Save Lives   70 pages.

I have written my story in order to raise awareness and encourage every woman between the ages of 50 and 70 to go along for a mammogram. In the UK, the NHS offers this service free to women every three years but sadly 25% do not attend.

I had a mammogram in March last year and was called back to receive the devastating news that I had breast cancer. I felt well, had no symptoms, have never smoked, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly so how the hell did I get this? There was no explanation, it can happen to anyone! The doctor couldn't\'t even find a lump and had to detect the tumour picked up by the mammogram by using ultrasound.

Before I knew it, I had surgery to remove the lump followed by 3 weeks of daily radiotherapy. The whole process took 4 months from beginning to end. Thanks to the advanced technology of a mammogram, my tumour was caught in the very early stages as it was just budding. I count myself very lucky indeed

While all this was going on my youngest grandchild was born with a serious kidney condition. He spent the first 5 weeks of his life in intensive care before having major surgery to remove his left kidney.

It has been a very difficult year for our family but now we are looking forward to making up for valuable lost time and enjoying life to the full, we have four grandchildren and they are all very precious to us. I am so appreciative to the NHS for providing this service and count myself very lucky indeed.

I am shouting this out loud…..Mammograms Save Lives!!!

The cover of ‘Mammograms Save Lives’ shows me with my baby grandson Miles at the age of 5 weeks, it was taken in July 2011, 5 days after his major surgery. I too had just finished my treatment, the smile on our faces tells a story and says that we are both ready to live our lives to the full!

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Last year was a terrible year for our family but 2012 is already getting off to a good start as one of my fiction stories has been made into a short drama film titled ‘Broken Promises’. Filming took place in February at Elstree Studios and on location in London. It will be shown on: Information TV (Sky 231), Information TV + 1 (Sky 189) and Showcase TV 2 (Sky 203) at regular intervals and will also be available to buy on DVD, see the link below for more details

I desperately want to raise awareness to the importance of mammograms and also, at the same time, try to give something back, so profits from sales of both the book and DVD will be donated to Breast Cancer Research and McMillan Nurses. These are both very dedicated, worthy cancer charities and they need every penny.

My heartfelt thanks goes to:

The Jarvis Centre, Guildford,

Kingston Hospital, Surrey.

Queen Mary’s Hospital, South West London.

The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton Surrey

McMillan Nurses

Avril Dalziel Saunders

Genre: Coping with illness and specific conditions
ISBN: 978-1-907728-36-5
Publication Date: 23 February 2012
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback
Book Size: 203 x 127 mm 70pp
Available from: WHSmiths, Waterstones, Amazon (You can link to Avril's books on Amazon here).

ISBN: 978-1-907728-36   
Where to purchase: WHSmiths, Waterstones, Amazon (You can link to Avril's books on Amazon here).

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