Royal Surrey nurse becomes published author
A nurse at the Royal Surrey County Hospital is set to become a published author after penning a children’s guide to brain tumours.
Kerry Foster-Mitchell, who is a neuro-oncology clinical nurse specialist, produced the picture book, together with local author and illustrator Ffion Jones, to help parents who have a brain tumour explain their diagnosis and treatment to their children.
Nurse Ted – A Children’s Guide to Brain Tumours tells the story of a little girl named Lilly, who learns her father has cancer.
Lilly feels scared after discovering her father’s diagnosis, but in a child friendly story Nurse Ted explains everything from scans to chemotherapy, radiotherapy and even losing his hair.
The book also features pictures of Royal Surrey.
Kerry, 37, initially produced Nurse Ted for her own patients, but feedback has been so positive that she is now delighted to be making the book more widely available.
‘Children often feel quite scared and worried when their parent or grandparent is diagnosed with a brain tumour,’ said the mother-of-two from Surbiton, Surrey.
‘It is hard to explain to them exactly what is going on and that is where Nurse Ted comes in.
‘We have already started work on our children’s guide to cancer and are then planning a children’s guide to diabetes.’
Production of the book has been self-funded by Kerry and Ffion.
Nurse Ted – A Children’s Guide to Brain Tumours will be available to buy from www.nurseted.com on November 16.