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Posted by: Maggie 4 April 2018

Maggie, 70, was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in September 2016

MaggieDuring my treatment I continued to stay active and immersed in writing my book, 'The ups and downs of Clifton Rocks Railway and the Clifton Spa. The definitive history'.

Between October 2016 and June 2017, I did 2 open days (helping guide over 300 visitors each day- non stop, September Doors Open Day nearly 1400 over 2 days), 4 film sessions, 26 tunnel trips (did get a bit puffed when I had my chemotherapy bottle with me), a talk and 7 work sessions in the Railway (I am the Restoration Officer) sometimes with chemo bottle round my neck.

I also did 7 work sessions down at the Brunel swivel bridge and guided a group of 40 school children round the area. I carried on my work for the Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society, Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society. We attended a Lanchester Rally in June where I drove my 1924, 2 ton limousine round Dorset with no problem (which clearly has no power steering) except getting wet feet which did not help my neuropathy. I could not book the hotel room until late on as I did not know whether I would be alive.

The book I was writing was largely completed by August and I had my team and sons to read chapters to test for readability and comments. This helped them too as they knew they were doing something constructive to help me. There was much proof reading in October 2017, so it took 1 year to write - 317 pages long, 430 images. The book was delivered in December and has had rave reviews and is selling well.

April 2018

Read Maggie’s full story here.