I wrote to Julia just after my own diagnosis of secondary breast cancer. I had come across her weblog and a piece she had written in the Guardian, My Joints are Rusty Cranes. After this we exchanged a few emails and I was inspired by her spirit and looked on her as a role model as I was desperately trying to not become a cancer ”victim”. Her emails were always encouraging and full of hope even when she was not feeling well herself.
My doctor has a book of Julia’s poems and loves them.
Thank you Julia for the emails, the humour, the hope and encouragement, you will be missed by many people who never met you but whose lives you touched.