Saturday 17 February 2018

Brave cancer patient Becky pens book on her treatment

Barry Duggan

A BRAVE 11-year-old girl who is battling cancer and has undergone two major operations to remove brain tumours has written a book chronicling her treatment.

Becky McCauley's account of her time in three different Irish hospitals has proven so popular that all copies of her first book have completely sold out.

In April 2011, Becky -- from Raheen, Limerick -- underwent brain surgery to remove a tumour and had a similar operation last May.

Her book, entitled 'The Little Girl with the Big Headache', has proven to be a roaring success, and the first 200 copies have already completely sold out, with all proceeds going to a Children's Oncology Fund.

"The book is about me and my time in hospital in Beaumont, St Luke's and Crumlin," she said.

"I went into hospital in April 2011. I didn't mind being in hospital -- I made friends there and I wrote my diary," the young author added.

Becky is preparing for fifth class in St Nessans' national school and said she plans to write another book but is unsure on what subject.

Yesterday, Becky was accompanied by her sister, Rachel (14) and parents, Mary and Mike to a civic reception in honour of her achievements and bravery from Limerick County Council.

Also recognised by the local authority was Bronagh O'Neill (16) from Ballybricken, Co Limerick.

Bronagh, who was also diagnosed with cancer, sat her junior cert exams at Laurel Hill secondary school just three weeks after undergoing brain surgery.

Becky and Bronagh received Jedward tickets and bravery medals for their ordeals from Limerick County Council yesterday.

Irish Independent

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