I met Julia on an Arvon Foundation writing course last July. Although she sometimes looked tired I didn’t know she was ill till after the course had ended. I was amazed at her generosity, the time she gave to us, her thoughtful and encouraging comments. I felt she really cared about us struggling beginners. Two months after that course I was diagnosed with breast cancer myself. I started reading Julia’s weblog and like so many others, found her writing inspiring, funny, and just so readable!
I wanted to write to her, send her a poem I’d written about radiotherapy, but I never did. I’m so sorry. I feel very sad, and also happy that I met her. A true inspiration, in writing and living.