“I recovered from cancer and live life to the fullest”

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“I recovered from cancer and live life to the fullest”
“I recovered from cancer and live life to the fullest”

When renowned actress Lynn Redgrave was diagnosed with breast cancer, her daughter Annabelle began documenting her mother's illness consistently. These diaries have recently been published as a separate book. We present to you excerpts from it.

“I have overcome cancer and live life to the fullest”


Lynn Redgrave is one of the UK's most beloved actresses. She was nominated for an Oscar, starred in the films Glitter, Spider, Gods and Monsters. After learning about the terrible diagnosis, Lynn went through a difficult path from collapse to revival. And throughout this thorny path, she was supported by the love of loved ones, and in the first place - the youngest daughter Annabel.

Annabelle, 23, the youngest of Lynn's three children, says she and her mother had a unique experience going through the ordeal side by side. “We became close friends,” she says. - I stopped looking at her only as a mother. Now there is no topic for us that we cannot discuss.”

Saturday, December 28, 2002

"I imagine what I would look like without breasts. I pressed it down, making it almost flat, and looked in the mirror. I tried to figure out how this flat scarred thing would look. Perhaps that is why I woke up so early today: I was awakened by thoughts of how it would be. I will survive, I know, I feel - how can I not recover? I will do it, recovery will be my goal. And I will achieve it.

Maybe this is a lesson to me, me and other people, that nothing should be taken for granted. Life is a journey. And we should appreciate every step in it.”

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

"I feel so young! So great! How can I have a life-threatening disease? I feel like I've been given an unusual gift. I notice every little thing, so clearly I feel the world around me with all its colors, feelings. I live life to the fullest because I am under the impending guillotine of unexpectedly close death.”

Friday, January 17, 2003

"Yesterday I couldn't write anything because I was in the 'Morphine Country'. The operation was successful. The best moments were associated with a group of people waiting outside the door for permission to enter. Laughing, loving, they entered the room. I was either conscious or not. My son Benji has arrived. My handsome Benji. My Annabelle slept with me on a pull-out bed. I saw my scar - it's not so scary. The only thing I'm worried about is the prognosis for the future - how much chemotherapy, etc. I feel good - the scar does not bother me, I'm fine. I'm fine. Everyone is very nice to me.”

Monday, February 3, 2003

"Yesterday was a beautiful day. I went to church service. The sermon really made an impression on me. I felt that I was crying: because of Bach, who is played on the organ, because of the parishioners. By the end of the service, I felt more peaceful and optimistic. Greeted a few people, drank coffee. I want to feel like a part of the whole. It helps to understand that I'm not the only one with such serious problems. A woman stood up and asked her congregation to pray for the 26 men and women who were camping with her husband in Southeast Asia. All of this helped put my personal feelings on the back burner.”

Saturday, June 21, 2003

"Without a doubt, I lived through the days when I was terribly close to death. Or it was the fear of restarting chemotherapy. Fear of losing all your hair again. Fear of seeing the haggard, swollen face in the mirror again.”

Saturday, June 28, 2003

"Suddenly, I wasn't so scared. Come what may. The fear of an early death subsided. I feel myself good. I'm happy. It is easy to close your eyes under the instruments and withdraw into yourself. I'm not on the table. I am not irradiated, I am with my loved ones. My imagination improved during this good old journey. Near the stage, at every Talking Heads show, I get haunted by ghosts. Dad, mom, nanny, Corine, Robert Stevens, Noel Coward. They drive me out of there.”

Tuesday, July 1, 2003

"A thought came to me on the irradiation table. Being treated for cancer is life-affirming. I am truly living now. I don't want to miss anything. I do not jump forward, but just live, notice and appreciate every moment of my life, every detail.”

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