woman in wig after cancer with earings


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Shirley is a former weekly columnist for the Bella magazine, author of three books, numerous media articles and she is never short of invitations to take part in podcast/radio interviews.

Currently, she is writing short fiction stories for women's mags and working on her first novel, which she's very excited about: 'it's a psychological suspense thriller inspired by a true story.' An eBook will be released, within the next month or two, about an amazingly geeky Star Trek cruise! There's also a fun memoir, almost finished. It's the first in a series of motorhome memories that focuses on her camping trips to Spain, Portugal, and France where she has lived for eighteen years.

Shirley's been married to her husband John for thirty-three years, has two grown-up children and two gorgeous granddaughters.

She spends most of her days writing or gardening, practicing yoga and meditation, working as a 'patient information reviewer', and having the odd lunch or two with her friends.

She spends many hours each day raising awareness about a little known side effect of a drug called Taxotere. After Shirley suffered permanent alopecia from this chemotherapy drug, she didn't want another woman to be denied this, life-changing, information, therefore, enabling her to decide for herself. She believes very strongly in addressing the taboo subject of depression/mental health of patients after cancer. Here is how you can support her campaign

 Each Wednesday morning she can be found at her local commune's l'epicerie sociale helping the Red Cross.