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Chrissie really is one in a million...

PUBLISHED: 22:01 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:37 05 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT woman who was faced with a life threatening illness has turned her battle against the odds into a national-selling book to help others.

Chrissie Daplyn, of The Meads, Gunton, was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei, a rare disease of the abdominal cavity, in 2001.

A LOWESTOFT woman who was faced with a life threatening illness has turned her battle against the odds into a national-selling book to help others.

Chrissie Daplyn, of The Meads, Gunton, was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei, a rare disease of the abdominal cavity, in 2001. She has undergone multiple surgeries and through her search for the right treatment she was led to a specialist unit in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

By attending the unit, Mrs Daplyn would see her health improve and, although the disease usually proves fatal, seven years on she continues to survive.

Throughout her life-changing battle against illness she documented her thoughts and experiences, and as she began to recover put a book together describing her fight.

“Writing One in a Million was very therapeutic and helped me to work through many emotions that remained after I eventually enjoyed some degree of recovery,” said the 63-year-old.

“Being ill - and especially being diagnosed with something terminal or life threatening - is a terrifying experience that many people have to face. I wanted to make my experience count for something and possibly bring hope and comfort to others who suffer.”

Her faith is a key part of her life and she and husband Brian have been involved in churches throughout the region, including Lowestoft Community Church and King's Church, in Gorleston.

Mrs Daplyn has annual CT scans at the Hampshire specialist unit, and at her

June 2007 scan there was no indication of the disease.

One in a Million is available from Oasis Bookshop, Bevan Street, Lowestoft, Melrose Books on 01353 646608, or e-mail c.daplyn@tiscali.co.uk

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