Talk to the Headscarf

Talk to the Headscarf : Fighting Cancer. Finding Hope.

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Imagine you're thirty-two, married, with two little children and you find out you're carrying a deadly cancer gene?
That was me in August 2005. I discovered I had the gene Brca1, which means a 50% chance of developing ovarian and an 85% chance of developing breast cancer.
I had two options - wait for the big bad cancer wolf or have radical surgery. I chose the latter. Over the following year, I had a double mastectomy and both ovaries removed, which reduced my cancer risk to 5%.
I was just dressing in my victory dance outfit, when my worst fears were realised.
Cancer had struck anyway.
Between 2007 and 2010, I battled and slayed cancer six times.
This book takes you on my journey during that turbulent time in my life.
If you've just been diagnosed with cancer, I know you are scared.
I was too. But I want you to know you are not alone. More than that, I want you to know that I am still here.
The score so far is - Cancer 0 : Emma 6.
Even if my cancer returns, I will keep on crusading.
I can show you how being positive and a big dollop of black humour can go a very long way towards getting better.
So chin up, wig on and don't forget, your skin can absorb an astonishing amount of make-up on those bad hair days!


Emma Hannigan
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 154 x 233 x 26mm | 478g
  • Castleknock, Ireland
  • English
  • 1444716042
  • 9781444716047
  • 394,121

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'So honest, so darkly humourous, so miraculously positive, and - above all - really... funny...Anyone who knows someone with cancer; is undergoing treatment themselves; or just fancies keeping themselves abreast (pun partially intended) of what happens to "one in three" people, should most definitely give Talk to the Headscarf the time it readily deserves' * Sheena McGinley, * 'A gloriously uplifting and terribly wise account of living with cancer.' * Cathy Kelly * 'An extraordinary story' * Ryan Tubridy * 'An unusual and powerfully upbeat memoir...Talk to the Headscarf is a meditation about life, not death.' * Irish Independent * 'Inspirational...and unmissable' * U magazine *
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About Emma Hannigan

Emma Hannigan was the beloved and bestselling author of thirteen novels, including the No.1 bestseller Letters to My Daughters.
Her bestselling memoir Talk to the Headscarf was updated and revised as All To Live For: Fighting Cancer. Finding Hope.
In 2007 Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer and her eleven-year battle with cancer began. As an ambassador for Breast Cancer Ireland Emma worked to dispel the fears around cancer and spread hope about new treatments. In February 2018 Emma shared that her team of dedicated doctors had exhausted all avenues in terms of her treatment. She launched a social media campaign #HelpEmmaHelpOthers to raise EURO100,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland. Two weeks later, shortly before her death, Emma's target had been reached. In the final months of her life, Emma completed her thirteenth novel, The Gift of Friends, sending her acknowledgements to her editor just days before she passed away.
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