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'I can't bear not to be with these three most important people in my life. I can't bear not to be there alongside Mark as my children grow up. My bright, funny, affectionate boys who are never embarrassed to say, "Love you, mummy" and say it 10 times a day.'

Renowned as a much-loved and highly respected BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire has spent 20 years finding the human story behind the headlines. In 2015 she found herself at the heart of the news, with a devastating breast cancer diagnosis.

With honesty and openness, she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries that encouraged thousands to seek diagnosis and help. Victoria has kept a diary since she was nine years old, and in Dear Cancer, Love Victoria she shares her day-to-day experiences of life following diagnosis and coming to terms with a future that wasn't planned.

From the moment she woke up to find her right breast had collapsed to telling her partner and children through to mastectomy and chemotherapy. From wearing a wig to work and hiding it from her colleagues to the relief and joy of finishing treatment before immediately flying to Glasgow to present a debate on the European Referendum. By sharing her story, she became the person that mums, daughters, sisters, husbands, boyfriends and family members contacted to thank as they tried to find ways to cope with their own and their loved ones' prognoses and needed to know that they were not alone.

Victoria's story is an affecting and at times a heartbreaking one, but it is so often laugh-out-loud, too. Moving, wonderfully heartwarming and ultimately uplifting, this is a powerful account of a brave struggle told with honesty, courage and emotion that gives strength to anyone touched by cancer.

Written and read by Victoria Derbyshire.

©2017 Victoria Derbyshire (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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wonderful book, by a wonderful woman. Victoria is a wonderful tv and radio presenter. Helen Knapp