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Like a Hole in the Head

Author: Ivan Noble
ISBN #: 978-0340864289


In August 2002, Ivan Noble’s life was turned upside down. A science journalist working for BBC News website in London, he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Faced with a desperately hard battle against cancer, Ivan decided he would like to share his experiences with readers of the BBC News website. He hoped it could help demystify a disease that touches so many lives, and would allow people across the world to discuss the disease and share their experiences.

From then, Ivan wrote a regular, deeply moving diary outlining his battle against the tumour. He endured two major brain operations, chemotherapy and various experimental treatments in his extraordinary fight for survival. He also married his German born girlfriend and they celebrated the birth of their second child. Throughout the two years, the diary received thousands of e-mails from people around the world. Many of them are published in this book. It is impossible to read them without being deeply moved - messages of support to Ivan, people's experiences, stories of hope. One of the most remarkable aspects of the regular diary has been this amazing coming together of so many people around the world.