About Annie Pateman
December 1979, Annie was three months pregnant with her second child and in excruciating pain. She couldn’t walk, couldn’t stand, couldn’t sleep. In just a year, Annie had gone from being an active young woman to almost entirely incapacitated. Going from one doctor to another, after 18 months, Annie finally had a diagnosis - it was a malignant Ewings tumor the size of a tennis ball on her knee. Cancer. Almost in the same breath Annie was told she would have to have her leg amputated above the knee and then told the baby wouldn’t survive the surgery…they both defied the odds. She was 26 years old and 26 weeks pregnant. Annie has demonstrated amazing courage sharing her story and overcoming adversity, further setbacks and living life to the full, encouraging the reader to believe there is light at the end of the tunnel, even when you can’t see it. This is a story about resilience, overcoming adversity and living life, with a positive attitude, to the full.