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Shirley Ledlie

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Hello, and welcome to my website in 2024                                                     

What's this website all about? You will find my latest books, articles, blogs, guests, news, and of course plenty about my patient advocacy work. 

Here's a quick (well, fairly quick) breakdown of my writing background. About twenty years ago I was a weekly columnist for the Bella UK magazine. I LOVED it. Each week I would write a half page lifestyle column plus include a couple of photographs. Then about a year and a half later a new editor swept in and so did her brush. Many of us sadly didn't have our contracts renewed.


Life in a new country took over and I was soon too busy settling the children into their French school, sorting out and renovating a 300 year old farmhouse with thirteen acres of farmland plus managing the menagerie of animals new friends had 'gifted' us including a donkey, to think about writing. 

Five years later, out of the blue, I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. I expected a 'new' normal life would follow but what I didn't expect was the path my collateral damage would take me on.

This life-changing situation plunged me into an abyss of depression for many years and after dragging myself up, finally, I found myself being sucked into an unimaginable future of patient advocacy. Which brings me up to today!

So, my writing was back in full-swing, although with a very different voice, which included public speaking, media articles, podcast interviews and writing media articles. This was a new world to me but found myself be dragged along in the flow.  In May 2022 I was invited to host a keynote discussion for the world's first scalp cooling summit.  It is only available to the medical community but the first seven mins can be found here

On a separate note, I have done some patient information reviewing for the European Association of Urology. And now? I spend most of my time writing, raising awareness about pCIA (Persistent Chemotherapy Induced Alopecia), gardening (or rather weeding) and babysitting my gorgeous grandchildren. All this while living in a beautiful area of the Haute Garonne in France.































My latest memoir is available in both paperback and Kindle/eBook from Amazon or using this link. It's also available on Kindle Unlimited.

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A Hair's Whisper - From Cancer to the Courtroom


The dramatic and captivating true story of corporate greed and the bullying of a cancer patient. 


When Shirley Ledlie, a breast cancer patient survivor, stands up to one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies and its lawyers, she embarks on a journey of strength and determination, and with an unbreakable sense of duty to do the right thing. 

Despite fearing for her safety and standing at a mental crossroads, not knowing which path to take, Shirley shares her innermost thoughts, even those she’s ashamed of, and her rollercoaster of emotions from despair to elation and self-doubt to confidence. 

A Hair’s Whisper is a gripping and empowering story that shows what can be achieved when we fight for the truth.

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 Please hop over to the Newsletter Sign-up page to find out what you can expect each month! Also on the signup page, you'll find a FREE download for a dossier of independent studies carried out that investigate permanent hair loss from chemotherapy drug Taxotere, their stats/results, and conclusions. You can 'click, download & print' this dossier and present it to your oncologists, if you're prescribed Taxotere/Docetaxel, to show the evidence that permanent hair loss is NOT rare. Or you can use it for your own reference. 

Take a look at my blog page where you'll discover a variety of topics plus you can be inspired by guest author Claire Harbour Lyell's The Power of a Story. 

Get comfy, pour yourself a coffee, and have fun!

Join me for a chat on Facebook and Twitter, I'd love to hear from you.


Thanks for popping in...


Shirl X

PS - I recently took part in an article for the Mail on Sunday written by Moira Petty. You can read my quotes and the whole article on this link.  

Should doctors do more to warn women with breast cancer their hair might not grow back after chemo? | Daily Mail Online

The website dedicated to permanent chemo-induced alopecia has now added a page about scalp cooling. It covers an introduction to this product and how it works, like 'scalp cooling for dummies'. It has been proven to prevent permanent alopecia so well worth looking into if you are about to start Taxotere/Docetaxel for breast cancer.



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New podcast interview - A friendly chat with Terry Melia & Steve Evens about life in France, writing for the Bella magazin, breast cancer, my books and football (Nottingham Forest).   YouTube Spotlight on Shirley Ledlie - writer & fearless patient advocate VS a breast cancer treatment drug - YouTube
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