Kit's life B.C. (Before Cancer) was outwardly very enviable. She was a
full-time wife and mother, with a hectic social and travel schedule.
She lived in New York, with her American husband and young son, for part of
the year, spending Christmas and summer holidays in London.
In 1992 Kit was told that she had non Hodgkin's lymphoma -a treatable but
incurable condition. At the time of diagnosis it was "indolent" (very
slow-growing), but she was told, "It always gets aggressive.
If you are lucky it will take 20 years - unlucky five." She was 40 then, with
a six-year-old son, so even 20 years' life expectancy was a shattering blow. But
through a combination of a new treatment, her oncologist's determination and
having the strength to confront the mess her life was in beneath the glossy
surface,she was able to "pull off a miracle".Kit has written her story for I C 0
N, to show readers "there's fun to be had with cancer - trust me.
"I'm not going to claim a cancer diagnosis was something I enjoyed, that
would be absurd. Like everyone else who has experienced it, my reactions were
overwhelming and frightening, and each fresh treatment brought up the same
shattering fear to be faced and conquered. I maintain, however, that the
'inappropriate sense of humour', that got me into trouble all my life, played a
big part in getting me out of trouble on my cancer journey. Read more...