We are especially honoured, as Jacqui is not only a newcomer to this blog, but she has never sent anything for submission before. After having read her story, I am sure you will agree that this should not be the last.
Jacqui has also provided some background to her story, which I am sure she will not mind me sharing, "The chapter of my life in my submission is not one I look back on with much joy or enthusiasm in all honesty but Its been very cathartic doing so at this time when faced with another life changing scenario. It has served as a reminder of how far you can come, even from the bleakest of outlooks, of how there is light even in the deepest valleys and of the hidden strength you don’t even know you possess until tested."
You can read her moving story Lightning does strike twice by clicking here.
A passionate traveller, her travels have taken her to more than 45 countries, from Artic winter snow to Australia’s Southern-ocean and Death Valleys’ arid desert to the rich tropical rainforest of South East Asia. She’s been rescued from a mountain, experienced an earthquake and tornado, travelled by dog-sled, flown WW2 aircraft and been stranded in the African savannah…
Following a diagnosis of breast cancer, she took time out from her Nursing career and studied British and European Social and political history, graduating with Honours. This led to her first foray into research, recording and writing with the production of the memoir of an American Bomber pilot of the 8th Air Force based in the European Theatre during WW2.
Inspired by recent events, and the Facebook group ‘We Love Memoirs’, this is her first written reflection on her cancer journey, and the importance of her faith.
She is currently working on her first memoir “The State I’m in”, a travel memoir based on her experiences in the United States.