A Leyland grandfather whose wife has been diagnosed with cancer is using his book to help her cause.
Ron Taylor, 66, from Shaw Brook Road, has just finished writing his second children’s book, but his achievement has been bitter sweet as his wife Sue, 64, has been dealt a devastating blow.
She’s receiving treatment for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for the second time in three years.
Ron said: “Sue was first diagnosed in March 2010, and she had a year in remission before the cancer returned in April this year.
“She was almost back to normal, so it was a terrible disappointment.
“It upsets her that she can’t see the family very much because her immune system is low, and she shouldn’t spent a lot of time with people.
“We have six children and 17 grandchildren, and she has to speak them mainly using Skype at the moment.”
In the last five weeks, Sue has only spent two days at home as she undergoes intense chemotherapy at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, and Ron says the couple are surrounded by a strong support network.
“We’re get through this using our faith,” he said. “And we have a lot of friends and family who are helping us.
“We also get a lot of support from the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.
“People can be afraid when they or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, but the Macmillan website is very helpful and provides a lot if useful information.”
Now, Ron wants to give something back to the charity, and is donating money from sales of his book to the cause.
‘I Rule the World by The Marvellous Katy’ is Ron’s second children’s story and is available as an e-book on Amazon.
He had the inspiration for his first book, ‘Ice, Blood and Fire’, while teaching youngsters about creative writing, and decided to pen his next one shortly afterwards.
It took him seven months to write, and is about horrid little girl who dreams of ruling the world and one day wakes up to find she really does, but doesn’t like it.
“It was great fun to write,” he said. “And it’ll be great for the grandchildren.
“I just started writing it and the story came to me as I went along - the ending changed about six times!
“It’s aimed at nine to 13-year-olds, and I hope it sells well to help the charity.”
For details about how to buy Ron’s book, visit www.goodbooksbyrontaylor.co.uk.