16 Oct Essex confessional breast cancer survivor & author Donia Youssef tells story in new book
Donia Youssef, 40, of Grays in Essex, received news in April 2017 that she had breast cancer, after she had discovered a lump in her breast – what followed was trauma and stress, but a real concern about how she could tell her two young girls, then age two and five, the heart-breaking news.
While Donia confronted the treatments, she also sought counsel on how to talk about the bad news to her children, and found her inspiration to write a children’s book that helps parents ease through the conversation that must be had.
Her book ‘The Monster in Mummy: De-Monstify Cancer For Children’ — with a supportive forwarding comment from Joanna Lumley – is a heart-felt aid that any parent facing cancer can use to help reveal this difficult news to children.
Donia’s book became an instant best-seller on Amazon this year, and has received high-acclaim, and she is now working on a second book ‘The Monster in Mykie’ about a young boy facing cancer, that will debut in November. She also has a film-in-works.
Her mission is to help create awareness, encourage effective communication and offer various coping strategies for family’s facing cancer.
She is also donating proceeds from book sales to the Royal Marsden Cancer charity along with donations to Cancer Active Charity, the look good feel good cancer charity, Tailor Made dreams charity, and the Willow foundation charity too.