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.

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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Memoir Monday – Perspectives

Last week I wrote about my latest plans to finish off my manuscript and tomorrow I embark on 11 weeks of “Advanced Autobiographical Writing” at London’s CityLit with Sherri Matthews.

I am so looking forward to meeting her at last!

Of course this past week should have been about final preparations and only half way through did I wonder how I came to volunteer a guest post and fiction prompt Continue reading “Memoir Monday – Perspectives”

Saddle Up Folks! Come for a Ride at the Carrot Ranch

As you might have noticed, some weeks I have a go at flash fiction at Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch. Flash fiction is simply small itty bits of writing that tell some sort of story. Generally it varies from 50-500 words. There are a few rules like not being offensive but otherwise it is open to absolutely anyone who wants to have a go.
There are a fair few of us who have been doing so for a couple of years and we make up Continue reading “Saddle Up Folks! Come for a Ride at the Carrot Ranch”

Flash Fiction “Come out! Come out! Wherever you are”

Come on out, come on – it’ll be ok. I promise it will.
What if they don’t like us?
What if that doesn’t matter?
What if we’re wrong?
How can you be wrong?
What if we’re bad?
You’re not bad, how
can you be bad?
Some people might think Continue reading “Flash Fiction “Come out! Come out! Wherever you are””

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