About the book 

“Alison, I’ve got bad news.” The voice of the pathologist at the other end of the telephone confirmed for Alison Tucker the news no woman ever wants to hear: she had breast cancer.

Once the shock had settled, Alison decided that she would take charge. Not only would she take ownership of the dreaded disease, but she would do so with a positive mindset and prepare herself as best she could for what was to come. She did detailed research and paid close heed to what she was told by others who had walked the path before her.

As she navigated her way through surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy that followed, Alison’s determination paid off. Not only did she make new friends, but she learnt valuable life lessons too: acceptance of the illness for what it was, the amazing impact of ongoing advances in medical science, and the importance of being able to ask for – and receive – help.

In My Best Worst Year – A Breast Cancer Story Alison Tucker gives us an authentic account of her experience, offering insights and advice for others who might one day face the same diagnosis. You will accompany her on her highs, empathise with her lows, and be amused by humorous anecdotes along the way. Through the generous support of family and friends, she has amassed a collection of practical tips for both patients and their supporters which she shares with open-hearted honesty.

What to take to chemotherapy sessions.

What to look for when choosing a wig.

What side effects a person can expect when having the various types of cancer treatment.

What to say, and what not to say, to a cancer patient.

How to remove stress from the cancer patient’s life.

What kind of gifts and gestures are most appreciated.

Contrary to Alison’s expectations, her year of treatment turned out to be her best worst year. By telling her story, she underlines the importance of a positive attitude and hopes to show that a person can still lead a productive and enjoyable life even after being diagnosed with cancer.

About the author

Alison lives in Durban with Michael, her partner of many years, and her much loved cat Kimba. She has a master’s degree from Rhodes University and after several years in the corporate and global consulting worlds, started her own strategic business and brand marketing consultancy. When Alison isn’t working you’ll find her running or cycling at the beachfront, drinking wine and eating beautiful food with friends, reading non-fiction, travelling to Thailand (her ‘soul spot’) or another interesting country in the world or … simply chilling while immersing herself in digital and social.

Publisher: Tracey McDonald Publishers 

RRP: R280.00 

Also available as an ebook.