The non-fictional account of FitzSimons's mental struggle during his sixteen-month stay in hospital. This book looks specifically at the tactics used to truly believe in a future the polar opposite of the present; also the tactics used to fend off fear, depression and despair on a daily basis, and the logic, and emotions, behind them.
Having been ill for over two years with what he thought was colitis, Anton FitzSimons was admitted to hospital in February 2003. He was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma. Despite a series of operations his condition steadily deteriorated. In isolation in a high-dependency unit, and armed with a basic understanding of the placebo effect, he strove to believe that he would recover. By August, he was less than half his normal body weight, had lost two major organs, had suffered a massive stroke, and was the subject of a 'Do not resuscitate' order...
'A triumphant story of love, resilience and survival.'
Catherine Deveney, Scottish Journalist of the Year
'Brave and inspiring… as a reader I was willing him to defy the odds.'
Julia Combellack, Penny Brohn Cancer Care
'Extraordinary and uplifting.'
Andrew Anderson, Maggie’s Centres
'An inspirational account of "fighting spirit".'
Professor David Peters, Chair British Holistic Medical Association
'A work that should be made available to all students in studies related to health promotion, public health, psychology and in medical schools as well.'
Professor Theodore H MacDonald,
Former Head of Postgraduate Studies in Health Brunel University
by A H FitzSimons
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