Acknowledgements 7; Foreword 9; Introduction 11; Barry 18; The Medical Voice 33; Mike 35; Jeremy 47; Janice 56; Carmen 63; Stan 70; Reuben 80; Mary 90; The Hospice 106; Lucy 107; Brian 117; Jill 126; Karen 133; People's Stories 149; Robin 151; Lorna 159; Robbie 166; Frances 176; Cherie 183; Graham 192; John 200; Ainslie 207; Clive 219; Leanne and Sonny 227; Mairi 238; Tony 246; Robyn 256; Susan 261; Kim 270; Sara 277; Jasmine 286; Alex 300; Epilogue 308; Glossary 312; Support Agencies 317; About the Author 320
Karen McMillan lives in New Zealand and is the author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her non-fiction titles include - Unbreakable Spirit: facing the challenge of cancer in New Zealand; Love in Aotearoa (titled Love Bytes in the UK); Feast or Famine: a New Zealand guide to understanding eating disorders, and Unleash Your Inner Seductress. She has adapted a South African book about dying for the New Zealand market - Dying: A New Zealand Guide to the Journey. She has also helped with the manuscript for Retire Right: A New Zealand guide to planning for financial security & prosperity in your retirement. Her first novel, Watching Over Me, was published in the United States and is also available as an e-book. Her last book, a sweeping novel of love and war, The Paris of the East, published in April 2014 and spent four weeks on the Bookscan Top 10 Bestseller list for Fiction. Karen has a Diploma in Professional Writing and an Advanced Diploma of Applied Arts (Writing). Love in Aotearoa was short-listed for the Ashton Wylie Book Award in 2005. Previously an award-winning fashion designer, Karen worked full-time for a leading book publisher based in New Zealand for thirteen years, before starting her own business kmacPR - a company specialising in publicity and marketing for the book publishing industry. Karen has written articles for a variety of different publications and from time to time she undertakes ghost-writing projects. She also volunteers for her local hospice and writes articles that promote the life-affirming work that they do.
'I know if you read Unbreakable Spirit, you will gain great strength from it.' --Judy Bailey, Patron of North Shore Hospice.