All That Followed
A True Story of Triplets, Friends, Cancer, Love, Loss and Laughter
by Emma Campbell
Pub Date 09 Aug 2018
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An uplifting true story of female friendship, losing love, finding love, cancer, laughter, triplets, the kindness of strangers... and the fear of leaving it all too soon.
With four children (including triplets!), a tiny flat ‘at the top of a million stairs’ (with no lift), a marriage breakdown and no money to contend with, some things get a little lost in the mix. Like symptoms.
Emma Campbell bravely and honestly offers heartfelt thoughts on what happens when cancer becomes an unwelcome guest at an already crowded party.
After having her son – and a nightmare birth – the big family she longed for just didn’t happen. And so, the all-consuming rounds of IVF began. While her already shaky marriage dissolved around her, Emma continued to scrabble for the reins of her dream for another child and happy home life. Then, just like buses, they all came along at once.
Oh, and so did the cancer...
With the seemingly insurmountable demands of a single mum of four and cancer treatment laid out in front of her, her friends and neighbours rallied. They divided the tasks, fed her, cleaned up for her – and eventually brought in Peter Andre and the 60 Minute Makeover Team, who left her with new carpets and a new man...
In her engaging, contemporary and often hilarious voice, Emma shares her own terror and pain, mixed with the heart-warming and unexpected. The extraordinary kindness of people, the embrace of friendship and the gritty detail of fighting a life-threatening illness, all while being a single mum. She opens up about her angels and demons, losing and then unexpectedly finding love again, her constant fear of death mixed with the joy and relief of living, the anxiety of cancer returning – and then facing it when it does.
This book has grown from Emma’s blog ‘Me And My Four’. Eager to share with her followers in more detail, the secrets, the fears, the triumphs and the terrors that she faces each day, in a life as unpredictable as your own.
“A story of true maternal courage in the face of an onslaught of massive life challenges, Emma Campbell is an extraordinary woman. This is a deeply felt memoir about motherhood, survival, and learning to live for today, whatever life throws at you.”
– CLOVER STROUD, author of The Wild Other
“It’s a love story, actually. How people come together in love when it matters, when you hit your rock bottom. It’s a love letter to Emma’s kids, her family, her friends and her partner, but also to herself. There wasn’t one chapter that left me dry-eyed – it’s a full-on rollercoaster of a read, and full of Emma’s kind soulfulness.”
– GRACE TIMOTHY, author of Mum Face
“...a true fighter, survivor and inspiration... she is someone I’ll remember for a lifetime.”
– PETER ANDRE, singer and presenter