Today I want to tell you about a very special book written by a friend in England.
- Disclosure: I received a free copy of For Such a Time As This as a gift from the author. All opinions are my own.
Pauline Dewberry has been editor of a website and newsletter titled, The Daily Mews for a long time. I have been a follower since 2014 when I discovered it. Back in 2006 , The Daily Mews had already been online for years when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. At the time, she was only in her mid 50’s.
This book is all about her journey from sickness back to health with the help of her kitties. Sadly, one of her beloved cats, Garfield was in poor health and had to be put down right after her diagnosis. As I was reading this, I found myself in awe of her positive attitude despite all the treatments and isolation she had to go through to recover. I truly believe a positive attitude and good sense of humor aid in healing and Pauline is a perfect example of this.
Pauline was fortunate to have a brother who was a match so she could get a stem cell treatment. And also fortunate that he was willing to donate because it was no simple thing for him to do. Her book includes all the icky parts of treatments including the side awful side effects of chemo like losing hair and constantly vomiting. She also writes about how many nurses were too busy to take the time to care because they are overworked. She also had some unkind roommates at the hospital. Despite all the negatives, she managed to keep her positive outlook. In addition to her cats, she also had two sons and their families as well as a lot of friends to help her through.
Another plus was getting to return home to her kitties between treatments. And they all recognized her despite smelling like a hospital and having no hair. They gathered round and purred. I also believe a cat’s purr can heal and this is clear in her story. Pauline is an amazing woman who has even shaved her head to raise money for cancer research. I highly recommend this book to all cat lovers and to anyone who needs an uplifting read or loves a happy ending.
If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free, click here. You can also purchase the Kindle version for only $2.99, well worth it for 294 pages.