Sadly, Lynda Bellingham is no longer with us Here, Lynda shares with us her journey and battles with colon cancer, which naturally are extremely moving at times, but Lynda being Lynda, there are also many moments of laughter and humour, as well as those moments that she hangs onto, those moments to treasure It was a battle well fought but sadly lost The chapter where she writes her goodbye letters to her husband and sons was particularly hard to read There is also an additional chapter in this particular edition, written after Lynda s passing by her husband Michael which of course was deeply moving but a tribute to a lovely popular lady I received my copy from a Goodreads first reads giveaway For me, this was an emotional read as you knew how the ending would go.I had seen a lot of tributes to her on television this year, and it was sad to hear of her death Full marks to Lynda Bellingham for writing this book which is really a chronicle of her diagnosis of colon cancer to her death this year She is a brave woman and does not sugar coat the roller coaster ride of diagnosis, chemo and ultimately facing death.But rather than being a totally grim read, the story is peppered with fun stories from her life and full of the love she has for her husband and her children So sad that her time with them was cut short, you could feel her pain at the thought of leaving them I wish there were stories about such interesting hard working people and real stories like this rather than all the pseudo celebrities we are force fed every day. Five stars for bravery but only two for the book I m afraid for me this book is as personal as it is for Linda , the shock and anger the braveness the rush to get as much into you love one s final days the memories yep so so nice if you can call it that linda died last week to feel a connection with her and her family going to miss Linda as much as her family and friends and fans will but im going to miss her because this book is so close to my own loss its never easy , but at last someone has wrote all about it in a down to earth no messing manor and this is way ive always loved Linda.she wrote this book from the heart , everyone has to read this its not soppy its down to earth and no messing no fluffy etc it just lets get on i have to much to do to die of cancer This is Linda s extremely honest account of how she dealt with her condition and her wishes for her final few months How sad that she never got to see the final Christmas that meant so much to her It was very well written I have her two novels to read and am looking forward to those. I so wanted to like this book Lynda Bellingham had such a good personality and I ve always enjoyed seeing her on tv However, the book is really badly written and I struggled to maintain any interest to the extent that I had to abandon the book.I can only think that publication was rushed due to her health and that full editing was skipped. This would only really be of interest if you are either a fan of Lynda B obviously or you are interested in learning about colon cancer She wrote it when she knew she only had a few months left to love, so you have to admire her bravery and courage in sharing her story I m not joining the cynics who are talking about the cash she wouldn t have spent her last months writing it if that was all it was for Her voice really does come out from the pages and it keeps her very much alive To be really truthful, I found it a bit long and some of the showbiz stories a bit tedious, but her exploration of her and cancer was really interesting Also, it was good to find out about her family I m afeared the husband will be back on the bottle big time now I think it is a good read for nosey people It is a bit of a tear jerker, especially the letters at the end I was reading it in a restaurant and I think the customers thought that I most be midst personal crisis when I was snuffling away A fitting tribute for a popular actress and an honest exploration of a difficult subject. So much than just the oxo lady.My sister sadly died in March 2015 in her last days in the John Eastwood hospice as I had some precious time on my own with her she was struggling to get me to understand as her mouth ulcers made talking difficult eventually I realised she was asking for this book it was the last book she read and I believe gave her great strength to face her final journey There are so many remarkable similarities between these two amazing ladies.I finally felt ready to read this on what would have been my sister Johanna s birthday September 11th Lynda s words helped me to appreciate once again the incredible thing that is the human being cancer is so cruel, it s attacks without thought or reason, but it also gives us a wake up call make the time to be with family, forget those silly feuds or grudges, life is so fleeting God bless you Lynda, you gave my sister something that as much as we loved her we could never understand what it is to be the one with the terminal cancer you helped her in a way we couldn t and I thank you from the bottom of my heart X x P.S this is not a sad book, it s a fab book Lynda Bellingham Was A Tremendously Gifted Storyteller With A Rich Collection Of Tales Of Love, Loss And Laughter And This Memoir Brings Her Kind Heart, Courage And Emotion To The Page In Vivid Detail There S Something I Ve Been Dying To Tell You Is A Brave Memoir About Lynda S Battle With Cancer, Facing Death She Found Joy And Shared It With Millions Her Story Is An Affecting And At Times Heart Breaking One But It Is So Often Laugh Out Loud Too And Ultimately The Way Lynda Told Her Life Story Serves As A Great Inspiration To Us AllWoven Into This Very Moving And Brave Story Are Extraordinary, Colourful Tales Of Her Acting And Family Life That Will Enlighten And Entertain As Well As The Journey That Lynda Has Taken To Find The Family Of Her Birth Father Having Already Suffered Heartache In Her Search For Her Birth Mother In The Search For Her Father S Family, Lynda Finds A Family With A History In Entertainment Showing That Acting Was Always In The BloodThis Book Was Written In Lynda S Final Months And Revealed For The First Time, And In Great Detail, Her Fight With Cancer And How Her Life Was Transformed Since Her Diagnosis This Edition Includes A Brand New Chapter Written By Lynda S Husband Michael About His Love For Her, Her Love Of Life And Her Glorious Final Send Off A lovely book to read, very open and honest just how Lynda was, very moving as I read it a few days after her untimely death, the thing that stood out the most was that she had found such happiness with Michael, cancer is such a terrible disease I ve been an admirer of hers since she took over from Carol Drinkwater as Helen in All Creatures Great Small even though I was very young at the time and almost met her when I went to see Calendar Girls in Newcastle, I wrote to her afterwards to say how much I had enjoyed the play and almost met her, within a couple of days she had written back to me saying she hoped that next time we would actually meet, sadly that s not going to happen now but I was so touched that she took the time RIP Lynda xxxx
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