Lisa Reiter – Sharing the Story


Lisa Reiter

Hi, I’m Lisa and in 2000, aged 34, I was diagnosed with terminal sarcoma and given less than 6 months to live. After floundering around getting my head around cancer not being as curable as the adverts of the time were suggesting, I delved into an unknown and for me, a then uncomfortable world of 'alternative' therapies. I'm now 51 and still here. As my oncologist said at one point, I'm an 'experiment of one' which means no scientist would like to draw conclusions! However, I am far from alone in getting success from looking to diet and mind-body techniques to help my body to do its own healing. I’m writing my story for anyone who wants some inspiration or understanding of what being in this situation is all about. Writing it is slow going so I'm using this blog to keep me company as well as discuss the challenges of writing about it all. If I manage to inspire just one person to feel a bit more in control of their own situation, it will all have been worthwhile.

Stratford Literary Festival 2018

I was fortunate to spend a bit of time at this year’s Stratford Literary Festival in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK – the birthplace of William Shakespeare. I missed taking a quick snap of the ‘Bard’s Bus’ Continue reading “Stratford Literary Festival 2018”

How to worm a cat, Flash Fiction and other ways to tackle Perfectionism.

book-cover-with-5-stars2Welcome to my stop on the Rough Writers Tour Around the World as we launch the first flash fiction anthology from the Carrot Ranch on-line literary community. If you’re new here, you might be wondering why a memoir writer is peddling flash fiction? And we’ll get onto that, Continue reading “How to worm a cat, Flash Fiction and other ways to tackle Perfectionism.”

Spring-Clean, Declutter. Make way for Creativity.

Quick! It’s time for a mad tidy up around here. We need the place spick and span because next week it’s my turn to host the Rough Writers Tour Continue reading “Spring-Clean, Declutter. Make way for Creativity.”

It’s Time

What time is it? It’s time to write another blog post and I don’t need a clock to tell me that. It’s way, way past hours and Continue reading “It’s Time”

Memoir Monday: The Big Picture

A short while ago I thought it would be nice to share a weekly post about how the memoir writing was going. Continue reading “Memoir Monday: The Big Picture”

Memoir Monday – Brief Update

Oh gosh. Busy times. Having failed to get a post out last week I find I’ve got all of 45 minutes left to me this Monday to Continue reading “Memoir Monday – Brief Update”

Flash Fiction “Now the day is over”

She was certain she’d lost him. In her panic she’d taken a shortcut through the trees and managed to drop her water. Hours Continue reading “Flash Fiction “Now the day is over””

Apologies – Laid Low!

My apologies for anyone hoping to catch up with Memoir Monday today. I’ve had a crappy virus for 2 weeks now and Continue reading “Apologies – Laid Low!”

A Helping Hand

After lending a hand at the Carrot Ranch this week, I thought I’d share the great variety of responses to this week’s flash fiction prompt.

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

A Helping HandA character’s willingness to offer or receive help can show us something about personality, situation or history without the writer ‘telling’ the obvious about the fears, dilemmas, pride or compassion involved in the transaction.

Sometimes though, it becomes necessary to describe just that, so an unexpected response is understood.

This week, writers explored the offer of all manner of help in response to:

April 13th 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about offering to help someone. What’s their situation? What’s yours? Do they think they need help? How is it received? Could you be misinterpreted?


Union City by denmaniacs4

The sun slunk low as we entered the simmering heart of Union City.

We proceeded to Henry Taylor’s Stable and dismounted.

“Aggie, I have a man to see…”

She looked at me anxiously.

“No,” I said, “not that man. Not yet.”

She nodded. “I have…

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