THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK
Donna Penny has terminal breast cancer. She has been fighting to live since her first diagnosis in 2008. As you can imagine, this battle has had a tremendous impact on those nearest and dearest to Donna, especially her 9 year old son Kai. When Donna was first diagnosed, she searched far and wide for children’s books about cancer to help explain to Kai what was happening to her but found nothing but doom, gloom and disaster. “I could’t find a single book to read to Kai about cancer. How do you explain to a child what terminal means? Why your hair is falling out? How can I help my son to process the fear of losing me?”
One morning Kai’s dad was driving him to school and Kai asked, “why out of all the mummy’s in the world does this have to happen to my mum?” This was the impossible question that inspired ‘Why My Mummy?’, a book that shares Kai’s experience of his Mother’s cancer. Donna wrote the book from Kai’s perspective in the hope that it would help other parent’s talk to their kids about terminal illness. This beautiful book is the first of many of a series that Donna intends to write to support families at different stages on the cancer journey.