Ripples from the Edge of Life

Ripples from the Edge of Life

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If, out of the blue, you were given just two weeks to live, how would you feel? What would you do? How would you prepare for the end? Who would you tell - and how?

This was the terrible position Roland Chesters found himself in in the late summer of 2006. He knew he was seriously ill - but had no idea he had both HIV and AIDS.

Luckily, Roland did not die. Expert medical help and his own determination not to give in saw him through. His life, though, had changed forever...

'Ripples From the Edge of Life' is Roland's account of a life-changing diagnosis and its impact on him and those closest to him. More than a memoir, Roland's story is not unique; ripples spread outwards, and this empowering collection gives voice to fourteen others who have survived similar traumatic diagnoses.

This book contains wisdom, hope, humour and inspiration in equal measure. It is an essential read for anyone living with a life-changing condition, and for those who support them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 15.49mm | 308.44g
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1781327092
  • 9781781327098

Review quote

"An absorbing and moving testament to real lives lived, and a tribute to lives lost. The chapters are filled with eloquent voices that tell us how it is to live with HIV. These are voices that deserve to be heard." Siobhan Lanigan, CEO The Food Chain "A unique insight into the emotional roller coaster of a HIV diagnosis and its life-long impact. Reading the personal experiences was haunting. Definitely one of my top recommended reads." Steph Mallas, CEO George House Trust "These honest life-changing stories are prime examples of the true faces of HIV. They will touch your heart and enrage your mind." Ian Howley, CEO GMFA
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About Roland Chesters

Roland Chesters was born in the north of England to an English father and French mother and has lived most of his life in London. He graduated from the Royal Holloway College with a degree in Modern Languages and after a variety of jobs joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a language-testing specialist. Following a diagnosis of HIV and AIDS in 2006, he became a campaigner for disability rights. He is now a self-employed Disability Development Consultant and has his own company, Luminate.

Roland lives with his partner, Richard, in London and enjoys opera, classical music, theatre and fashion (his favourite item of clothing being a bright red corduroy suit). He fights boredom and normality with gusto, and says he is at his best when he's made a positive impact on someone else's life.
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