Husband pays tribute to brave wife Lisa on her cancer-battle blog
A YOUNG woman who wrote a book about her battle with breast cancer has lost her brave fight for life.
Journalist Lisa Lynch was 28 and newly-wed when she discovered a lump in her left breast.
After a biopsy diagnosed cancer, Lisa – a former Littleover Community School and Derby College pupil at Mackworth – had her breast removed and began an intensive dose of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
She started writing a blog on the internet about how she was coping with the gruelling ordeal.
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It was picked up online by the actor Stephen Fry, who described it as “funny and brilliant”.
She was offered a book deal the same day by a publisher, who read Fry’s comments and spotted the blog.
Lisa – who grew up in Littleover but was living in London when she was diagnosed – described it as her way of saying “stuff you, cancer”.
Her book, called The C-Word, was published in 2010. In one part, Derby County supporter Lisa explained how her passion for the Rams was helping her fight against the disease.
Now, on her online blog – found by visiting www.alrighttit.blogspot.co.uk – her husband Peter said she had died on Monday.
Peter paid tribute to Lisa as “my world, my rock, my best friend, my lover and my wife”.
On the website, he had written: “Alas, there will never be an easy way in which to tell you all that Lisa passed away very peacefully on Monday, March 11, 2013.”
He continued: “In a way that only Lisa could pull off, she left us in exactly the way she had planned (a year or so ago, I awoke at 5am to find her furiously typing said plan for the end of her natural life).
He said Lisa died at a London hospice with her family at her bedside.
Peter wrote: “The plan was that we would be overlooking the beautiful gardens.
“The plan was that it would also be peaceful, beautiful, tranquil and pain-free.
“I probably don’t need to tell you that Lisa ticked all of those boxes.
“(What can I say? Some people are just so damn talented that they can plan for any eventuality).”
He said two of Lisa’s friends from her student days will become “custodians” of her blog.
Peter added: “We, her family and closest friends, feel complete and utter devastation that is matched only by resounding pride that she was, and will forever be, our girl.
“For us, it’s a time to privately shed tears and to reflect on what she meant and will continue to mean to us.
“Lisa, I love you with a passion that burns as brightly as you did.
“Your light will never ever go out.”
• In our original online version of this story, we mistakenly gave the name of Lisa’s husband as Ian, who is in fact her father. We apologise to Lisa’s family for the error.