New book is David’s legacy

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A woman who lost her husband to a brain tumour has penned a book to help others facing a similar diagnosis.

David Campbell was 27 when he was diagnosed with what doctors initially thought was a low-grade brain tumour, a month before he found out he was going to be a dad for the first time. After delaying surgery to witness the birth of his son, George, David was told his tumour was in fact a grade 3 diffuse anaplastic astrocytoma.

He underwent treatment which caused irreversible changes resulting in a decline in his cognitive ability and age. Sadly, David’s tumour progressed to a glioblastoma (GBM) and he died in 2021, 12 years after he was first diagnosed, aged 39.

David Campbell with his wife Clare and son George

Now, his wife Clare has published a book to share her family’s story. Choosing to Float tells the moving story of a young family learning to cope with a brain tumour diagnosis.

She added: “Our family’s journey of brain cancer inspired me to write Choosing to Float, which I penned to help patients and their loved ones from the point of view of a carer for someone living with the disease. But also to let families and loved ones know that there is light after death as, over time, I have found happiness.”

Clare is donating 10% of the royalties of her book to Brain Tumour Research to help find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for the disease.

Clare Campbell-Cooper with her book Choosing to Float

She added: “My book is an opportunity to keep David’s memory alive and create a legacy to help future generations survive this hideous disease.”

Purchase your copy of Choosing to Float via Amazon.

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