The printed proof of my first book “If You Think The Water Is Cold – A Cancer Survivor’s Story” has finally shipped! A week or two from now, the book will be available on Amazon.com. This is the Acknowledgments page from the digital proof:
Siew Khim (also known as Xiuqin and Qinjie to family members and friends) and I spent many happy hours together gathering the material from September 2011 to October 2012, from collecting, transcribing, and analysing the many interviews to checking the content and going back and forth to family members in Singapore to ascertain facts and the spelling of names. Siew Khim and I communicated in Mandarin; the book had to be written in English. Some guesswork was inevitable. And many hilarious moments.
I relied heavily on first-person accounts provided by the character. Siew Khim’s keen memory and attention to detail aided our work greatly. This work would not have seen the light of day were it not for the guidance and support of my coach and mentor, Chairman Tan Hong Khoon. I owe Mr. Tan a huge debt of gratitude.
Yong Shao expertly detected missing pieces in the draft and made it coherent with invaluable input and advice. Joanne Lee’s penetrating insights led to the rewriting and publication of the story in its current form. I am forever grateful.
Throughout this time, numerous soul mates have appeared and enriched my life and Siew Khim’s in many ways.
This book is for all of you.
Lee Sok Lian