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Naked in the Wind: Chemo, Hairloss and Deceit (Anglais) Broché – 12 août 2014

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A seven year journey that starts AFTER my cancer treatment ends. There are no needles, biopsies or anti-sickness drugs. This memoir is about the lies, betrayal and the dirty little secret I had unwillingly become part of. Not just me but hundreds of women all over the world - and it still goes on today. There are one or two oncologists fighting our corner and Dr Bourgeois has kindly made a contribution to my book. Whistle blowers, irrational behaviour and some madness- it is all here. Humorous and hopefully inspiring, in parts, and desperate in others.

Biographie de l'auteur

I was born in Nottingham England in 1958. Firstly, I am a wife and mother. I am blessed to have an amazing husband and two beautiful children. We came to France, Brittany, in 2000 and moved south to Toulouse ten years later. It was while living in Brittany that I began writing my weekly column in the Bella magazine UK. I have a few hobbies including vegetable gardening, cooking, painting plant pots and drinking the odd cocktail.

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This is a remarkable story about how Shirley takes on the French establishment as she tries to find somebody who will take the responsibility for not informing patients of the possible long-term side effects of a chemotherapy drug. Hair loss after chemo is accepted as part of the treatment, but it is also accepted that hair will grow back. Not in this case - and not in many other cases world wide.
Interwoven with this legal battle are lovely anecdotes about life in the French countryside.
This true story is inspirational as well as interesting.
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A roller coaster journey, full of hope and determination. The author makes you feel like you are on the journey with her, you can't help but be impressed and feel in awe of her. A touch of humour here and there keeps it from being too 'heavy' a read. Thoroughly enjoyable!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Moving, Memorable and Inspiring. 4 septembre 2014
Par Julie Haigh - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I loved this book-quite a different approach to a memoir of this type, but, it works really well. Shirley's memoir begins after her fight for life-she has had all the tests, diagnosis, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, hair loss etc. then, devastating and final, she is told her hair is never going to grow back. Maybe her reasons for not including all her experiences of her Breast Cancer are that she wanted a different memoir to all the rest where they mainly tell of the symptoms, diagnosis, surgery, chemo? Or maybe she didn't really want to relive it all through the writing? The book starts with a good intro, this encompasses what's going to be in the book without being too long and really makes you want to read on. I loved the conversational style-it's like she's in the clinic waiting room and you've got talking to her and she's telling what's been happening, what she's feeling etc. There were a couple of little remarks which made me smile, even in this opening section, she still manages to incorporate these despite the more serious issues. I really liked this technique: Italics for her thought-which she didn't voice-it expresses this exactly, the italics convey how she's feeling, the desperation of the situation. Shirley begins her search for anything at all that could help her situation but nothing works. Although told this terrible side-effect of a particular drug combination is exceedingly rare, she starts to find more people in the same position and they form a support group. I was a bit mixed up at first: the book starts after chemo and finding out her hair isn't going to grow back, then it goes back to 2000 when they move to Brittany, then back to her battles with the drug company and forming support group, then to 2001 in Brittany etc, it keeps switching. Once I got the pattern, it was fine. The episodes with the earlier move to Brittany offset the more intense stuff. There's a comedy anecdote at the Creperie; due to trying out the lingo to order food, this results in a smelly galette-still not sure what it actually was really! Sounds like chaos-the packing up and moving to Brittany. A few laughs here concerning their journey to a new life in France. Again, amusement re vehicle/kids embarrassment. Good concise style, lots of facts in few words. All very fast moving, flowing writing here about arriving at their new home and renovations, a Gite which they rented out, things are doing well, bookings looking really healthy. The book has gone back to before her illness. They soon expanded to own a B and B and she started writing for a UK women's mag-things are rosy and they are busy busy busy-the world's their oyster-for now. Then it's moving back to the present again-contacting others who have been affected. Her daughter's idea for Shirley to see a Counsellor-doesn't turn out good! Disgusting-call herself a counsellor?! Interspersed with occasional support group member's thoughts, differentiated from main part of the book as these parts have bold headings and italics. Very easy to read writing style, I could really whizz through it. Shirley had a pet Donkey and fostered a pregnant Donkey for a while also. A great amusing way of recounting the tales about Donkey etc. Gourmet dining for rats?! Loved these-how she recounted the rat tales, very entertaining, light relief, this book is so varied, Shirley's bubbly personality shines through. These animal tales are a unexpected bonus-it's not all medical memoir and legal stuff-plenty of variety, an interesting and different memoir. A couple of incidents prompted her to buy her first wig but these do not prove as easy to wear as they seem. I admire how she has the confidence to throw caution to the wind and take the bull by the horns and do something so plucky as post a photo of the top of her head on the drug company's Facebook page. One of the support group in London was approached by the Daily Mail to do an article-the condition was, they wanted photos-this lady couldn't go through with that but Shirley did. There were some terrible comments online as a result of the article, some from some relatives of cancer patients who had died, they had totally missed the point, it really did beggar belief as Shirley said. This is easy to read in one way, from the writing point of view but also hard to read about the things people have to go through, endure. Really makes you want to read on and on and captures your emotions. Amazing, memorable. A wonderful and different memoir to the usual ones of this type. A well-deserved 5 Stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Inspiring courage 20 avril 2016
Par Bargee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I won this book in a Facebook competition and I finished it last night! It took me just two nights to read it! I was riveted. If I could speak to the author face to face, I would tell her this: Shirley Ledlie, I cannot express how much I admire your courage to stay true to your cause and your principles. Even if you didn't 'win' the case, you won for yourself. I could feel your passion, indignation and frustration oozing from every page. I would feel the same at such injustice, deceit and betrayal. Thank you for a brilliant read.

Oh and yes, the book is interspersed with descriptions of life in Brittany. These were lovely too. I really enjoyed all the stories about the animals, the B&B and the local customs. They gave a context and balance to the main story of her battle to gain acknowledgement for the damage caused to her and many others by the cancer treatment she was prescribed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An inspiring and page turning memoir. 14 octobre 2014
Par FrenchVillageDiaries - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This memoir is Shirley’s story of her battle with a French drug company when the combination of chemotherapy drugs she was given for her breast cancer left her with an unpleasant side effect. Having come through the cancer treatment and at a time when life should have been getting back to normal she was told some devastating news that would change her life forever.

This is a very personal journey full of raw emotions, anger and pain; it is not an easy story to read, but it is one that needs to be told. Shirley came across as a very strong lady who stuck to her guns and stood up to the big boys when most people would have crawled into a corner and cried. She may have shed many tears, but she has also bravely bared her soul in order to tell the world the facts and risks that the drug company and experts wanted to keep hidden. Alongside the difficult times Shirley shares stories from the happier days when her family had just begun their new life in France, which were very entertaining.

Writing can be very therapeutic and I hope that writing this book has helped Shirley emerge from the dark and lonely place where she found herself battling not just physical and emotional symptoms but a team of corporate lawyers too. This was a very inspiring and page turning book that women all over the world should read. Please do share this book, thank you.

I was sent a copy of this book by the author.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is an amazing book for any kind of reader actually 18 août 2014
Par RoBo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I ordered this in paperback and Kindle. Paperback so I can keep it and Kindle so I could get reading faster! This is an amazing book for any kind of reader actually. It is based on the medical field and Big Pharma, and Breast Cancer, but Shirley's writing style actually transported me from California right to her B&B in the country side in Europe! She has managed to endure something most could not imagine, while with the help of her lovely sounding husband and children, she gets on with life and continues to seek out the joy that her unwinding days brought her. She sets the tone of what her personal life is like, while also driving home the injustice of one 'small' person attempting to bring out the truth about the lies of Big Pharma and the medical profession. As someone who has also experienced this, I felt as I was on this journey with her. I had no idea how it was going to end, but I was obviously hoping for a happy ending.. And luckily for me, and Shirley, we all get one! It must have taken a lot of bravery to not only go through this, but then to also write about it. Do yourself a favor and get this book. It is a quick and colorful read of one brave woman's personal battle, not only for her health, but to uncover an ugly truth about the medical profession and how helpless we all are in seeking justice for ourselves. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Irrepressible Voice 13 février 2015
Par robin mcgee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Independent publishing has changed the world. No longer can big institutions – government, corporations, or establishments – silence those who would speak. Shirley Ledlie has shared her story of adversity in her book Naked in the Wind: Chemo, hairloss and deceit. As part of her treatments for breast cancer, she is given a chemotherapy agent that results not in temporary baldness, but permanent baldness. Shocked by this disfigurement, she seeks answers, and learns that many, many women have had the same outcome. She unites fellow sufferers in an online support group, and from that, her efforts take in to the taxing world of patient advocacy. In true David versus Goliath fashion, she takes on Big Pharma, asking questions of the Corporation that developed the drug. She enters into a labyrinth of bureaucratic obfuscation, avoidance, and double-dealing. Ever intrepid and irrepressible, Shirley pushes through the obstacles put in her path, and she also discovers new villainy from unexpected quarters. Naked in the Wind raises questions about the rights of patients to information about preventable harms. But it is also a story about acceptance and the courage to move on, told with liberal doses of humour. Thank you, Shirley, for having a voice in this world. So many of us do not.
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