March 5, 2022

The Patient Doctor

I haven't written anything on this blog in years. There are two reasons for this. Reason 1 is because I went to medical school and then became a (busy) doctor. Reason 2 is because I've been working on a book about getting cancer and then becoming a doctor. 

I've never stopped thinking about all this cancer stuff - it was time to get it all down on paper once and for all, especially because going to medical school wasn't the solution I thought it would be. 

I've called the memoir The Patient Doctor and it will be published in July 2022. According to the publisher: "Now, driven by his experience on both sides of the healthcare system, this patient-turned-doctor gives a no-holds-barred account of how he overcame the trauma of his illness to study medicine and shares what he believes student doctors, doctors, patients and their families need to do to ensure that the medical system puts the patient at the very heart of healthcare every day.

Honest, powerful, eye-opening and sometimes heart-wrenchingly funny, this is an inspiring memoir that shows that no matter our situation we all need to be treated with care and compassion, right until the very end." 

The book is available for pre-order now, and I can now share the cover!


  1. Hi Ben, long time no hear. Congrats on the book and surviving another 10 years. We have spoken before, I'm not sure if you remember. We were both diagnosed at the same time and received identical treatments and colorectal surgery (ultra low anterior resection) at the same time. Apart from your delay with a post surgery infection as I recall. I was 36, I think you were 26.
    I was happy to see your blog pop up and wow I am impressed with what you have achieved since cancer.

    Good luck to you, I look forward to reading your book.

    Regards, Scott Neville

    1. Of course I remember! So good to hear from you. How are you doing?