Cancer fighter Roisin stars in TV garden make-over show

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Roisin Pelan with Alan Titchmarsh and her fiancé Michael Brown at their home in Preston, Lancashire

By Una Murphy

Lancashire woman Roisin Pelan, who has been battling breast cancer for a second time, has starred in a TV garden make-over programme and written a children’s book.

Roisin from Preston writes a blog about cancer ‘Fighting Pants are On’ https://fightingpantsareon.wordpress.com .

Her sister Lindsay, who lives in Australia, is also receiving treatment for breast cancer.

Roisin featured in ITV series ‘Love Your Garden’ tonight on ITV with presenter Alan Titchmarsh and fiancé Michael Brown. They have a three-year-old daughter called Ivy.

Roisin and Michael with daughter Ivy

Roisin said: “The whole team were so lovely. I think people imagine Alan doesn’t get involved but he really did get stuck in. He was the sweetest guy.”

Her book, Shiny Happy Horace, is available now. She wrote it despite enduring challenging cancer treatment. Roisin has also still managed to raise thousands of pounds for cancer research and having Alan Titchmarsh and his team call by to transform the family’s garden into a stunning music festival-inspired haven.

It is four years since she was first diagnosed with breast cancer while 34 weeks pregnant with her daughter.

“I’m having radiotherapy for the next month and then more chemo at the Christie (in Manchester).

“I’ve responded really well to treatment and intend on going nowhere,” said Roisin, whose parents Tony and Margaret Pelan are from Northern Ireland.

The cover of Roisin’s children’s book Shiny Happy Horace

Roisin is hoping her children’s book Shiny Happy Horace will be used in schools. Copies can be pre ordered here: https://roisinpelan.wixsite.com/roisinpelan-author for £7.95 each plus £2.00 P&P.

She said: “Thank you so much all of you who give me the fight in my bones, not only to live but to be alive.”

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