PROLOGUE

I came across this fine bit of writing, which I could closely relate to in those dark days in Perth, Western Australia (yet nevertheless it remains a great city in my heart). Diana’s words describe my feelings better than I could myself… so here they are…

“People speak glibly about life changing moments. Some truly qualify. You propose marriage and are accepted. You hear, ‘You’re hired’ or ‘You’re fired’ and your future shifts instantly. The doctor says ‘malignant’ (or something else life-changing) and everything is different. But anyone who has ever lived through it will tell you: It is profoundly shattering…