Why I haven't been here for a while (It's good news!)

Hi everyone.

Sorry for being quiet for so long. I have great news.

I’m working on my first book!

As part of my recovery from the cognitive damage done by treatment, I signed up for a few short courses on Udemy when they had their new year sale last year. One of them was on writing and publishing for Kindle.

I think it was actually called ‘How to write a Kindle best seller in 48 hours’.

Did I mention I signed up LAST year in January. Still, I’m being gentle with myself. I did manage to get through the course and really appreciated the fact that I could go back and replay any section of it as often as I liked. I still have unlimited access to the course which is going to be very helpful when I finally finish my short book and want to format it for Kindle.

If you’re battling the brain fog a short course in something interesting can really help. Udemy is great because there’s no pressure from the teacher or other students. Some teachers bombard you with emails for their other courses but it’s easy to unsubscribe from these.

This year I’ve signed up for singing lessons and some watercolour painting. I’ve promised myself that I’ll publish my book before I get to those.

You won’t be surprised to read that my book is about recovering from cancer. I didn’t want to write another ‘my journey’ style book. There’s a lot of those around. I’ve also done a pretty good job of recording my experiences with treatment via my positive3negative blog on wordpress and it’s all still here for anyone that wants to read it. 

So I thought about what isn’t out there and decided to write a book on dealing with that cold, creeping fear that the cancer might come back, or that the cancer is back. I was fortunate enough to learn acceptance commitment therapy (ACT) during my treatment. At the risk of sounding like a bad internet advertisement, it really has changed my life.

A lot of the recommendations I see for dealing with fear of recurrence focus on distraction. I don’t think these are helpful (or perhaps sometimes a bit helpful but not an effective long term solution).

Through my blog I’ve had lots of messages from people that have come out the other side of cancer and want to know how to stop being so frightened. I’ve learnt some really good strategies for that, read everything I could get my hands on and even snuck into a short practitioner course with Russ Harris.

I’m just at the stage of polishing up the final draft and figuring out what I’m going to call it. I figure ‘afraid of dying’ is probably not a very catch title! Anyway, I think it’s probably going to be up on Kindle some time next month and by April at the very latest.

It’s just a bit exciting.

I know I’m unlikely to be a best selling author but there’s just a bit too much information in ACT for a blog post, and not everyone reads blogs. I think of this as being my way to give back after all the help I received during treatment.

The book won’t be long (because most of us still have some brain fog) and it won’t be expensive (because most of us are still recovering financially from treatment) but I’m hoping it will make a big difference in the lives of people living with that cold, creeping fear that cancer leaves in its wake.

Stay tuned and thanks for hanging in there. The people that read what I write, leave their comments and send me messages are the reason I keep writing.

Megan Joy



  • DeanneDeanne Sunshine Coast QldMember Posts: 2,018
    Hi Meg,
    Can't wait to read your book! Have always loved your down to earth common sense approach to all of this. Lovely to hear from you.
    Deanne xxx
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Bathurst NSW Member Posts: 2,469
    woo hoo @positive3negative

    I thought "how to flick the creeping fear cancer leaves in its wake" something  like that :D 
    I eagerly await your book release. 
  • positive3negativepositive3negative Member Posts: 321
    Oh thanks to both of you! 
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Bathurst NSW Member Posts: 2,469

    Meg this is what you have done :D woo hoo 
  • Michelle_RMichelle_R Gold Coast QldMember Posts: 891
    You are amazing, Meg - can't wait to read your book.  Maybe a Volume 2 made up of all your posts?  I have enjoyed every one of them! xxx
  • positive3negativepositive3negative Member Posts: 321
    Thanks so much Michelle. I'm planning on doing one on living well after cancer and perhaps one on diet. I hadn't thought of doing a 'best of' based on the blog so that might be worth thinking about too. Thank you so much for your support. 

  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 4,419
    What a great book. It might become a best seller as many of us will be telling othets. Please let us know when published. Great stuff. 
  • positive3negativepositive3negative Member Posts: 321
    Oh thanks Primek! Let's not get ahead or ourselves though. Probably best to read it first and make sure it's any good! :D
  • socodasocoda LeumeahMember Posts: 1,695
    Already know it's going to be a wonderful read!! Xx Cath
  • Brenda5Brenda5 Burrum Heads, QldMember Posts: 2,021
    Sign me up for the book. :)
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