Simone was diagnosed with a brain tumour when her son was only six. She desperately wanted advice or a book to help her tell him, but couldn’t find anything. Simone has been a primary school teacher for over twenty years, and was teaching locally in Rhos-on-Sea when she was diagnosed. The lack of resources for parents inspired her to create a picture book to read with children to help talk about tumour diagnosis. Not just brain tumours, but any tumour.
“I wrote a poem for young children, approximately 4-8 years, called ‘Mummy has a Lump‘, to guide conversations about tumours. The book includes a section for parents about my experiences and how I told my family. Everyone’s experiences are so unique, I hope that reading about my experiences will help other parents decide what feels right for them. I found an incredibly talented illustrator, Caroline Eames-Hughes, who created beautiful and gentle illustrations that help with explanations, but without being too clinical. We believe this type of book is vital for parents facing a scary diagnosis and worrying about telling their young children.”
The book has received huge support through social media and Simone has raised enough money to make her idea a reality and provide free copies of the book for local libraries, schools and charities. As a Welsh learner, Simone has also worked with the support of Rhys Iorwerth to publish the book in Welsh.
“We continue to fundraise to provide additional free copies of the book to local libraries, schools and charities supporting newly diagnosed parents which can be requested through my website.”
‘Mummy has a Lump’ is released on 14th September 2022 and available to buy as a paperback by request through local bookshops as well as Amazon, WH Smith website and Waterstones website.
It will also be available as an e-book from 14th September through Amazon, Kindle and Apple books.
RRP for the paperback £6.99 (ISBN: 978-1-83952-549-0)
RRP for the e-book £2.99 (ISBN: 978-1-83952-550-6)
The book is also being produced in Welsh and following requests, an alternative version ‘Daddy has a Lump’ is available online.