Cancer author’s appeal for help

Jacinta McShane
Jacinta McShane

A woman who survived breast cancer, and has written a book to inspire others facing life-changing challenges, is now appealing for help herself to fund futher cancer treatment.

Originally from Derry, Jacinta McShane, who calls herself a ‘cancer thriver’, now lives in Waddesdon with her son, Josh.

After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2004, when Josh was nine, she promised him to do everything she could to “do whatever it takes to live as well as possible for a very very long time”.

Her treatment included surgery, radiotherapy and conventional treatment over the past 11 years, along with complementary treatment.

Jacinta used up her savings to fund a mix of conventional and immunotherapy treatment at The Issels Clinic in Mexico.

In 2010, she published her first book, Hidden Gifts – An Abuse Survivor’s Triumph Through Cancer.

She said: “My cancer journey has helped me confront abuse as a child and heal from this torment. Whilst cancer threatens my life physically, it more than compensates by helping me heal within. ”

Her latest book is Flying Free – Powerful Journeys Of Those Who Dare To Live, in which cancer survivors tell their inspirational stories.

Unfortunately, Jacinta’s own cancer has now spread and she needs to return to The Issels Clinic for further immunotherapy treatment. Jacinta has set up a fundraising page at to try and raise the £10,000 required.