Lisa Magill was one in a million. The young woman made the decision to share her story following a diagnosis of terminal stomach cancer. Her raw and uncensored blog, Terminally Fabulous, was read by more than 65,000 people around the world, who drew comfort in being able to relate to Miss Magill’s honesty.
Miss Magill lost her cancer battle in March 2017 after four years living with the disease. Next month, her mother Geraldine will release a book bearing the same name as the blog.
“A week or two before Lisa passing, I committed to creating the book for her,” Mrs Magill says. “It was her wish to have the blog transformed into a book so that her words and thoughts would continue to help people.
“It’s taken me two years, because it was an emotionally and almost traumatic process, having to go back to those memories, but I wanted to make the book as good as it can be and something that Lisa would be completely proud of.”
Mrs Magill says her daughter was inundated with private messages from people reaching out for advice, support and simple companionship. “Lisa made sure to respond to every single message up until that last couple of weeks of her life. While she was helping them, it also helped her feel somewhat normal that somebody understood what she was going through.
“Lisa had many late-night conversations with people over the other side of the world, which provided her comfort in the early hours of the morning.”
Mrs Magill will be on the Sunshine Coast on November 28 to launch Terminally Fabulous at a charity luncheon at The Lakehouse in Mountain Creek. Just like the blog, the book is designed to provide real support, with no subject off limits and Miss Magill’s humour and brutal honest shining through.
As a co-author, Mrs Magill also added her insights into what it was like to be a carer for her daughter.
Todd and Sami from 92.7 Mix FM will host the luncheon and Sunshine Coast talent Taylor Moss will perform live on the day.
All profits from the book sales will be donated to Dreams2Live4, which makes dreams come true for patients who are living with metastatic cancer.
The Magills were able to have a dream holiday to Broome in Western Australia in 2016 through this amazing charity, a holiday Mrs Magill says she will always remember.
“Somebody from the charity reached out to Lisa and asked if there was anything they could do for her. Lisa said she’d always wanted to visit Broome.
“Anybody can book a flight and accommodation, but Dreams2Live4 went well beyond that. They covered everything from making sure the flights were suitable so Lisa didn’t have to wait around too much [during stopovers] and ensured we were close to medical facilities so if a situation arose, she would be well cared for.
“When you are on a cancer journey, whether you are the patient or the family member, your head is so full of things like appointment times, medication requirements, ensuring you keep as healthy as possible. You are 100 per cent focused on the situation that you don’t even think about arranging something like a family holiday to make memories.”
Dreams2Live4 receives no government funding and sources referrals for dreamers aged 17 and older from more than 170 hospitals around Australia, and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital is among them.
Tickets are available for the Terminally Fabulous book launch at stickytickets.com.au/91618. You can order your copy of the book at terminallyfabulous.com or from your local independent bookseller. You can donate to Dreams2Live4 at dreams2live4.com.au.