A DROITWICH author who has been inspired by her partner’s battle with prostate cancer has released a new book to raise money for Movember.
Sheryl Browne, 54, has joined forces with eight other authors to create an anthology of fictional short stories which celebrate the men in all women’s lives and how they affect their hearts, minds and bodies and all proceeds from the project will go to the Movember drive.
Sheryl’s story which is first to appear in the book is called Let’s Hear It For The Boys. It is a modern take on the 1945 film A Brief Encounter.
Sheryl’s partner Brian Pratt was diagnosed with prostate cancer about a year ago and is currently receiving care from the Worcester Royal.
She said Brian’s prognosis was quite good because it was detected early – he will soon be having an operation to help clear the way in case he needs to have radiotherapy.
“I was originally approached by HitLitPro Media News and asked if I fancied writing a short story and as soon as they said what it was about it was a no brainer.
“The idea is because we have lots of followers we will be able to sell the book to raise money for Movember and use them to help raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer and mental health,” she added.
Sheryl said Prostate Cancer UK had been in touch with Brian and he had agreed to be a case study for the charity because he had gone from not wanting to talk about his illness at all to actually wanting to speak about it and being involved with the cause.
She added Brian wanted to encourage men to seek help early and to go to the doctor’s and talk about it because men generally did not.
Sheryl said: “This is something which is close to my heart.
“Surprisingly, having mentioned the anthology to Brian, he is now more willing to share something he was not really comfortable sharing.
“I hope it encourages men to seek help sooner if they are suffering symptoms.
“We would like to urge men to go for medical help and to not think it is a unmanly thing to do.”
The book is available in Kindle format for 99p from Amazon.