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Patient 71

By Julie Randall

  • Paperback
  • £19.99

Diagnosed with cancer. Told there was no cure. Julie Randall refused to give up. Her tenacity saw her included in a 70 person drug trial. She is Patient 71.

An inspiring true story of resilience, tenacity and a promise that fuelled one woman's fight for life.

Four days after her fiftieth birthday celebrations, Julie Randall suffered a very sudden and severe seizure at work. Out of the blue she went from a fit, healthy, fun-loving wife and mother of two, to not knowing what had happened. Or why.

Rushed to hospital by ambulance, it was discovered Julie had a malignant brain tumour. Diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Advanced Melanoma, she was told to get her affairs in order because she didn't have long to live.

After getting over the initial shock, Julie fought off the fear and started searching for hope. She found an American experimental drug trial, but was told there was only room for 70 patients and the numbers were full. Julie had promised her teenage daughters that she would find a way to 'fix it' so she refused to take no for an answer. Her tenacity paid off and she flew to Oregon and the Providence Cancer Center. She became PATIENT 71.

Not everyone survives a cancer diagnosis. Julie is one of the lucky ones. She discovered that when you push the boundaries, refuse to give up and never lose sight of your goal... extraordinary things can happen.

Biographical Notes

Julie Randall is the author of the compelling memoir PATIENT 71, which details her life-changing health crisis and desperate battle to survive. Julie lives and works in Sydney.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780733637872
  • Publication date: 26 Oct 2017
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: Hachette Australia
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