‘I recently completed part one (of) my memoir, entitled Do or Die – A Journey through Breast Cancer and am due to complete part two, the self-help guide, later this year,’ she said.
‘The reason for the book title came from an overwhelming need to help myself and find a way to get better when I was diagnosed with breast cancer as I thought I may die. Do or die was exactly how I felt.
‘I spoke to other women in my situation and discovered that they, too, were going through the same difficulties.’
Mrs Filby’s story begins with the loss of her 17-year-old son in 1990 and further explores other aspects of her cancer journey.
Since her diagnosis, she has undergone a bilateral mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy and breast reconstruction using the DIEP procedure, which involved transferring stomach tissue to create new breasts.
‘At the time, as well as being traumatised by my diagnosis, I was very confused by the huge and complex amount of information available both in books and on the internet,’ she said.
‘I needed simplicity but, instead, found complication. I want women with breast cancer to be able to access concise information from one place as everything becomes urgent.’
Live It Publishing will publish her book if she gets 250 pre-orders before the first week of July.
‘Now there is a new concept to publishing: a publisher will say to an author I really like your book but we need enough pre-orders first,’ she said.
‘No money is removed from your account until the book is dispatched.’
Mrs Filby has also been invited to conduct a presentation at Whitfords Library on July 9 at 6pm. Bookings are essential.
To pre-order her book, visit http://ow|.ly/veYLp.