Born in Liverpool at the end of WW2, but raised in Skelmersdale.
I first studied art in Southport from 1960-63 and worked in graphic design till I married.
In December 1969 I moved to Zambia with my husband and two young children. There I taught art in the local girls school, illustrated for the National Correspondence College and did all sorts of other artwork, paid and unpaid. In 1978 I divorced and remarried in the summer of 1980.
In 1985 I became ill and the following year cancer was diagnosed. There was no treatment available in Zambia and so I had to go to the UK. After recovering from a radium needle implant I went back to Zambia, but 18 months later the cancer recurred and it was off to the UK again for radical surgery. This time I realised I must stay in the UK where treatment was available, so I never returned to Zambia nor my husband.
A few months later I applied for a degree course, but two years later the disease metastasised to the bone and I spent most of my final year in and out of hospital. It’s been a long hard road, but I’m still plodding on and it is now 25 years since my last cancer treatment.
Because of my experience of cancer and surviving against the odds, I try and help others cope with their devastating diagnosis and prognosis.