A WIDOWER from Bewdley has written a book about the “inspirational and life-affirming” journey he shared with his wife in her final year, before she lost her battle with cancer.

Trevor Price’s wife of 42 years, Christine, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2009, just weeks after her 59th birthday and she was given between two and four months to live.

She refused to accept she had such little time left and fought on for another year. She died in January 2010, following treatment at the Millbrook Suite at Kidderminster Hospital.

Three days after her diagnosis, Mr Price sent an email to about 200 friends, family and business contacts informing them of their sad news.

The couple were immediately inundated with emails, cards and letters full of love and support.

Mr Price 63, went on to write monthly email updates of Chris’s condition and the correspondences have formed the core of the book, entitled Shelter From The Storm.

He said: “The book is written with a grieving heart, still raw from losing my beautiful Chris far too young. But written also with a sense of pride in her fight, in awe at her courage and with humbleness at the goodness of our family, friends acquaintances and even strangers who helped us in our hour of darkness.”

Shelter From The Storm tells the story of their life together and describes their emotions as they continued to set targets for holidays and time with friends and family.

Mrs Price achieved her goals of celebrating Christmas, her 60th birthday and her 42nd wedding anniversary.

Mr Price said the book was written as a thank you to all the friends who supported them throughout his wife’s illness.

He added: “I also felt it would be a fitting tribute to Chris for her dignified and courageous approach to pancreatic cancer. If I succeed in helping just one person involved with terminal cancer then writing the book would be worthwhile.”

All profits from the sale of the book will be donated to Pancreatic Cancer UK and Pancreatic Cancer Action.

Mr Price explained less than three per cent of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive for five years and although the disease is the fifth biggest killer in the UK it receives less than two per cent of cancer research funding.

For more information and to buy a copy of Shelter From The Storm, visit shelterfromthestorm.me.uk The book is also on sale on amazon.co.uk Photo caption: