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Brain tumour patient features in new book published today

A brain tumour patient shares how his outlook on life changed after his diagnosis in a new book published today.

Alan Purvis was diagnosed with a grade 2 oligodendroglioma in February 2018, after experiencing symptoms including lethargy and tinnitus. He underwent a craniotomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and now lives with epilepsy as a result of his treatment.

Prior to his diagnosis, Alan was a successful businessman and keen cyclist, runner and mountain climber. Sharing his story with the charity in August 2019, he said: “What is it that made me, a fit and healthy man, get a brain tumour? Nobody can answer that and that’s because not enough funding goes towards finding a cause and a cure.”

Now, Alan’s story is shared in a new book published today, Regrets of the Dying: Stories and Wisdom That Remind Us How to Live by Georgina Scull.

Ten years ago, without time to think or prepare, Georgina Scull experienced a potentially life-threatening medical emergency. Georgina recovered, she began to consider the life she had led and what she would have left behind. She set out to meet others who had faced their own mortality or had the end in sight. Regrets of the Dying is the result of those encounters, and a powerful and hopeful meditation on life and what really matters in the end.

In his chapter, Alan gives an insight into how his brain tumour diagnosis changed his entire life, candidly sharing the moments he regrets and those he doesn’t. He discusses how his outlook on life changed and how, despite it all, he is now happier than ever.

Find out more and purchase a copy of Regrets of the Dying using Amazon Smile here.

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