The message in “Positive” is about finding – or making – good things come out of cancer, whether at an emotional, psychological, spiritual or physical level, and whether the positives are for you or for those around you. I would love for everyone touched by cancer to hear that message. My way of making that happen was to write Positive. Over the coming months, I’ll be posting extracts from the book with brief reflections, to inspire anyone who comes along to check out my blog. I hope this blog will become a real community, in which we can all offer inspiration and support to each other as well as our friends, family, colleagues and complete strangers …
See you next week for the first extract + reflection!

Lots of people have submitted quotes for my new book, The World According to Kids (to be published by HarperCollins later this year). My personal favourite today is:
It’s not that great being an adult. It just means you’re closer to dying.
Oscar, aged 5
If you’ve got some gems that your child has said, now is the time to send them in! The deadline is next Friday 20 March – after that I’ll be selecting, sorting and wrapping it all up for the publisher.
You can submit quotes via the website If you want to know more, check out the website or just give me a shout.

I’ve just done an interview with David Dowsett, who presents Mornings on Wide Bay. Good opportunity to talk about the impact of cancer on children and adolescents in particular. It’s hard to find any upside when a child gets cancer – it’s one of those profoundly difficult issues that can shake your belief in God, fairness and justice in the world.

Here’s what the publicity says about Positive:
“An intimate exposé of living life with a cancer diagnosis, this important book contains nearly 50 stories that will bring tears, laughter and inspiration in equal measure.
“While Positive features very personal accounts from some of Australia’s best-known identities (former Olympian Raelene Boyle, TV presenter and ex-Test cricketer Simon O’Donnell, fashion designer Heidi Middleton), many interviewees are just as likely to be the person living next door: those who have lived (and in some cases died) with their cancer diagnosis quietly, anonymously and with great courage.
“Stories are told from towns and cities right across Australia: Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Inverell, Albury Wodonga – the message is universal and the stories national.
Positive is a book for everyone. It will humble those who have never been diagnosed and it will provide inspiration and hope to those who have.
“Positive is now in all good book stores and Sally is available for interviews throughout March.
“And to answer the question, whether something good can come from a cancer diagnosis? Dr Ian Gawler, an interviewee in the book and founder of the Gawler Foundation, thinks so – and goes even further, writing in a personal note to Sally, ‘people who claim ‘being positive’ does not affect cancer outcomes need to be challenged’.

Positive is now available in all good bookstores … check out the HarperCollins website for details of online ordering ( Media interest is starting, with the first radio interview scheduled for tomorrow (2CC in Canberra) and more to follow this week and next.