The English version of Irfon Williams’ autobiography ‘Fighting Chance’ has been published and is now available to buy in bookshops and to order online.
This story is about Irfon’s courageous and determined fight against bowel cancer and his fight for the right to obtain the drugs to extend his life. Irfon also drove many charity campaigns which raised awareness of the needs of cancer patients in Wales, in particular the ‘Hawl i Fyw’ (Fighting Chance) campaign and ‘Team Irfon’ campaign which raised over £100,000 to help local cancer patients.
The father-of-five and mental health nurse from Bangor, successfully lobbied the Welsh Government over access to drugs for cancer patients in Wales, despite the fact that he had to move to England during his illness to receive the drugs himself.
In the book, Irfon tells readers not to accept “what the politicians and doctors tell you”, adding: “After all, everyone has the right to live.”
Irfon was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in January 2014 and despite intensive treatment he organised the campaign ‘Team Irfon’ to help other cancer patients.
In the introduction to the book, Irfon said: “He was determined to finish this book for his story to be a permanent reminder, a chronicle of his life, for his children especially. This is the autobiography of a loving husband, proud father and a Welshman to the core.”
In a very personal story Irfon describes his cancer journey, his childhood and his experiences as a nurse, which he says helped him cope with his illness.
Irfon’s successful campaign lobbying the Welsh Government to enable Welsh patients to benefit from the life prolonging drug Cetuximab attracted worldwide support.
Irfon started writing the book more than a year before his death in May 2017, the Welsh version of the book ‘Hawl i Fyw’ was published last November.
Fighting Chance is available in book stores from today and to pre-order from Amazon.