I was born in Canterbury, Kent on 23rd March 1950 and grew up on a farm, where my parents worked. I worked on the farm in my school holidays this provided me with valuable experience of working life, ahead of when I left school to start work. My sister was five years older and pursued a career in the Womens Royal Naval Service.
I had a most enjoyable career in the Electricity Generation Industry, mostly working in nuclear power plants as a maintenance engineer.
In 1971 I married my childhood sweetheart. In December 1974 and January 1977 we had sons who proved to be a credit to us and provided tremendous support to my wife during the period I was seriously ill.
The decision to write this book stems from the need for me to exercise my brain and upper body limbs as part of my recovery therapy also to serve as a stimulus to help others in similar circumstances.
I was born in Maidstone, Kent on 4th January 1952 and grew up in Ashford Kent where my parents ran a driving school. I was the youngest of three children having an elder sister and brother.
I left school at sixteen and became a school laboratory technician until 1974 when our youngest son was born. I looked after the children until they were both at senior school age. At this time, 1987, I returned to working as a school laboratory technician. When we moved to the south west of England in 2000, I gave up work and looked after my husband and my mother.
I, like Trevor, hope this book will provide help and guidance for people who find themselves in similar positions. I am sure there is more than one way of recovery from a serious illness. I encourage everyone to keep brief notes of the highs and lows of each day. Without these notes it would not have been possible to write this book or reflect on those difficult times today.