Fife mum’s chemo experience leads to new book of tips

Cally Nurse with her new book on chemo tips and advice.
Cally Nurse with her new book on chemo tips and advice.

A Fife mum’s experience of treatment for breast cancer is set to help others undergoing chemotherapy and their families and friends.

Mum-of-two Cally Nurse, of Cupar, has produced a booklet of tips for people on chemo and it is illustrated by St Monans artist Martin Salvage, whose cheery characters add a light touch to the content.

The book by Cally Nurse has been illustrated by St Monans artist Martin Salvage.

The book by Cally Nurse has been illustrated by St Monans artist Martin Salvage.

The idea came out of Cally’s experience during treatment this summer.

Former journalist Cally (53) said: “Although there is a lot of information about the side effects of chemotherapy available, I wanted to bring together a list of easy and practical tips on how to cope with the overall experience.

“It also became clear that a list of suggestions would be a big help for families, friends and colleagues who were not always sure what to do for the best.

“There are all kinds of chemotherapy treatments and each of us will respond differently, so not all the suggestions will suit everyone.

The booklet produced to help chemo patients and their family and friends.

The booklet produced to help chemo patients and their family and friends.

“However, I hope the content will be both useful and reassuring for people like me who are about to face what can be an isolating and exhausting experience.”

‘Quick Fixes While On Chemo’ is a 26-page, pocket-sized booklet.

Profits from sales of the booklet will be donated to Maggie’s, which has seven centres in the grounds of NHS hospitals across Scotland.

“I chose to donate profits to Maggie’s as it has been a great source of support to me. As well as meeting new people going through a similar experience, I go to various workshops and use the library,” adds Cally.

The booklet, which costs £3, is available from the Maggie’s Centre’s at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy and Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.

It can also be ordered via Facebook group Chemo Quick Fixes and it is also on sale on ebay.