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On Cancer and Charities

On Cancer and Charities – by: Vanessa WesterNone of us1

A few years ago, my cousin, Alistair, died of a brain tumor aged 27. It was devastating for his parents, in particular, his sister and the rest of the family. None of us could come to terms with what had happened – the question always lingered… why? And yet, Alistair accepted his fate completely. He was a very religious man, and he believed he would find his place in heaven.

His girlfriend was devoted to him for the two years since the tumor was found, and actually married him a few months before he passed away, even though she knew his condition was terminal. The story was beautiful, even though heart-breaking.

At that particular time, I was going through severe depression. I had two very young children, had endured two emergency caesareans, and had been diagnosed with an under-active thyroid (which made my hormones and nerves jump all over the place). Because of this I did not attend the wedding – I simply couldn’t handle it, and we lived in The Netherlands at the time so it was difficult to get to Gibraltar (where I come from) anyway.

The pictures were fantastic and they had a great day… everything was perfect.

When Alistair passed away I attended the funeral. As I walked past the gravestones, I was a wreck. As much as I knew he accepted his fate, it was hard to know he was gone.

The thing is Cancer is a deadly disease. I am sure you do not need to be told this but it can happen to anyone.

So many1And yet, it is not the only thing that affects many of us on a day to day basis.

My father has had 3 heart attacks, as a school teacher I saw the effects of abuse and neglect on children, my mother is constantly battling Diabetes and I also had a close friend who had Diabetes from birth, and watched her inject herself with insulin as a teenager.

So many things that affect us.

Luckily, there are charities that can help. And over the years I have regularly supported a range of them.

And so, we come to talk about my charity collections.

In October 2012, I started talking to another author about short stories and decided to try to publish collections. We Out of Darknessfound willing authors, and I published the first collection, ‘Out of Darkness.’

I made a blog for the ‘Short Stories Group’ – persevered and published two other adult collections, all for different causes.

I then set up a different blog for children’s collections, and have published two –

Since I am based in the UK, I donate proceeds to the UK charities, but it all helps the same cause no matter where you live – in this world we are all united.

All of the details on the authors, the anthologies, links, etc are on the blogs… so please go take a look.

Reading is MagicI have recently updated two of the collections, and for the record do all the formatting, layout, cover design etc myself. Some other authors help with editing. I take NO profit from any of the collections…

I hope you all take the time to have a look, and if you buy please leave a review and share. If we all do our bit to help others in need, surely this world will become a better place.

Thank you, Leisa for allowing me to share on your site.

Best regards,


Charities supported to date:

British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, NSPCC, Gurnard Primary School (not strictly speaking a charity, although the PTA is a charity, but still a worthy cause).Gurnard's Book of Delights

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Category: Fiction, Indie It Books, Indie It Guest Writer/Artist

About the Author: If you are reading this post it means that some incredible indie promoter, artist, writer, author or musician wrote this article. Many thanks to all indie artists. I appreciate your generosity with other artists, incredible determination to keep trying and willingness to share your talents freely. Indie supporters, without you, there wouldn't be an audience. Indie It Gal ~ Leisa Greene

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