The Sun Shines Through: How to Save Your Own Life (and other misadventures)

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  • Author Name: Sharon King
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publication Date: 28/11/2019

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The story of two cancers and cannabis oil.

The Sun Shines Through is a compelling and extraordinary memoir from Sharon King. Told from the heart, it is a true account of love and loss, and the use of cannabis oil to treat lung cancer (his) and breast cancer (hers).

Spanning the years 2012 to 2019, the memoir recalls the lives of a married couple, both diagnosed in the same year of 2013, and their attempts to save their own lives.

Using diary entries, social media posts and memory, the book is engaging and beautifully written with both humour and clarity. It is an intimate portrayal of a couple’s life together and apart, and the universal and passionate need for hope.

Sharon King lives in Peebles, Scottish Borders. Her main career has spanned 30 years as a professional singer-songwriter, working at grass-roots level – touring the UK and writing, recording and producing four albums over twelve years. She still plays occasional gigs but enjoys spending as much time as possible travelling and walking with her ‘clever wee dog’, Frida Kahlo. Sharon is also a breast cancer survivor and is widowed. She says, “I was driven to write this book. I needed to process so much and this ended up being my way of approaching it. I am glad that I wrote it all down, it’s been such a monumental journey to get here and so much gets lost in the emotional noise of grief and panic. I hope others can find some companionship in the book, some resonation with their own situations, some acceptance of the madness of grief, and, maybe some hope too.”

1 review for The Sun Shines Through: How to Save Your Own Life (and other misadventures)

  1. Andrew Anderson – Head for Maggie’s Centre, Edinburgh

    What an outstanding, raw, painful, uplifting, hopeful and most of all, honest book. This will act as such a great resource for so many people and such a great learning tool for people supporting people in grief. I really appreciate you talking so candidly of your experience with Maggie’s and Marie Curie and I hope it helps to break barriers for others.

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