22 August 2017

A Song For Tomorrow

People who know me well know I adore reading.

I have done ever since I picked up my first reading book in primary school and read to my teacher. I find reading a form of escapism and really love being captured by the story, you feel like you're going through the same emotions as the characters in the book as you're reading it.


I'd been looking for a new book to read for a while, I'm very old fashioned when it comes to reading. I'm not one who likes to read from a Kindle. I love holding a book in my hands and actually turning the paper pages rather than scrolling the story up and down on a small screen. Whether it's a hardback or paperback, proper books are the way forward for me.

I seen this book called 'A Song For Tomorrow' getting rave reviews, particularly from people with CF, as the heart of the story is based on a girl with Cystic Fibrosis. So I took myself to my laptop and signed in to my Amazon account and bought the book. Then it was just the matter of waiting for it to be delivered.
When it arrived I started reading it that afternoon. I was immediately drawn to the life of Alice Martineau, a girl with CF who wanted to fulfil her dreams of becoming a well known singer, despite the odds being stacked against her. With the help of her loving family and wonderful boyfriend Tom, she keeps going and fighting to pursue her dreams, despite Cystic Fibrosis throwing every obstacle at her, even when she has to be put on the transplant list for a heart, lungs and liver transplant, she still continues to sing, even against doctors orders.

I won't talk about the book anymore cause I don't want to be the one who gives too many spoilers away! But this book really hit home for me, as somebody with CF who (fortunately) hasn't endured the frustration and heart wrenching time of waiting for a transplant - yet.

The author, Alice Peterson, has brilliantly written a very accurate depiction of a life of a person with CF. Some TV programmes and books have never really represented Cystic Fibrosis well. A person with CF in these sorts of things seems to either make a miraculous recovery or seem to get a transplant within a day of being on the list. Totally unacceptable.

But Alice clearly did her research by asking the CF Trust and Alice's family for their depiction of a CF person's life and the book shows she truly got it spot on. The most accurate and precise account of a CF life I've ever read.
Thank you Alice Peterson for making this story possible and to Alice Martineau's family for letting Alice Peterson share Alice's story to the rest of the world. They're very courageous to let Alice's story be told. She showed to everyone she could pursue and achieve her dreams despite everything being thrown at her. That's what you call an inspiration. Alice's music will live on with us all. What a beautiful, (I won't say brave cause Alice hated that word!) inspiring singer and person.

Lucy xx
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