Eighteen Months

March 22, 2010 13:15 ET

Now published in Canada: Eighteen Months-A Love Story Interrupted.

An autobiographical story about a man and a woman and the illness that could not tear them apart

Attention: Books Editor, City Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - March 22, 2010) - Much has been written for women by women on the subject of breast cancer. The same cannot be said of books written by men for men who have been touched in some way by their partner's diagnosis. "Eighteen Months: A Love Story Interrupted" is a gripping autobiographical account of one man's journey after falling in love with a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer just four short months after they met.

Authored by Alan L. Simons, the memoir recounts the immense pain, sadness, humour and strength experienced by him and his partner, Sharon, in what is still a wonderfully uplifting love story. In the book Simons writes, "I first met Sharon on a warm summer evening in August. From that moment on, my life changed. You see, Sharon died eighteen months later at the age of forty-seven of metastatic breast cancer."

So commences a compelling story that centres on Sharon, her struggle to stay alive, and Simons' ability to stand by her side while giving her as much support as he is capable of giving. Together they travel on a daunting journey. It is a story of wit, compassion, fear, support, love, anger and utter frustration, culminating in death and many unanswered questions.

Simons writes, "To this day I have many questions about my relationship with Sharon that I have difficulty in answering. There have been many times that I've been asked to explain why I so readily agreed to embrace a relationship that was thwarted in terminality, and why did I accept the inevitable so blindly."

Simons says "Eighteen Months: A Love Story Interrupted" sat on a shelf collecting dust for a number of years until he was diagnosed with colorectal carcinoma. He then promised himself that whatever happened he would make sure that his memoir was published. After six months of chemotherapy, he was given a clean bill of health and he completed his promise.

A portion of book proceeds will be donated to PYNK: Young Women's Breast Cancer Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada.

About the Author
Born, raised and educated in London, England, Alan L. Simons worked for various newspapers in London. He emigrated to Canada during the Trudeau years and worked in the newspaper and magazine business in Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver. On the diplomatic scene, he served as Honorary Consul, Canada, for the Republic of Rwanda from 1996 to 2000. After living in Amsterdam for several years, he recently returned to Toronto where he is now working on a novel and a children's book. /For further information: Bill Gladstone
Now and Then Books
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Alan L. Simons
Email: alan@alansimons.info

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