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Publisher Description

Unflinching in its honesty, My Journey is the extraordinary memoir of Jim Stynes: Irishman, footballer, Brownlow Medallist, Reach co-founder and former president of Melbourne Football Club whose very public battle with cancer touched the lives of everyone who knew him.

When Jim was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 43, he was given nine months to live. The diagnosis caught him by surprise - and he didn't have time for illness. He was a busy father, husband, brother, mentor and businessman.

Jim Stynes never took the easy road, on or off the field. He loved a challenge. He pushed himself, and worked hard to help others realise their potential. The same could be said about his cancer journey. Knowing his odds weren't good, Jim gave his all to trying to beat the disease. He embraced life, and made his journey public. His ability to use mind over matter, to never give in, to overcome pain, to believe in himself and his will to succeed gave him two extra years on the prognosis.

He worked hard to keep hope alive for himself and his family, and for other cancer sufferers too, defying expectations time and time again. Jim died on 27 March 2012, a month shy of his forty-sixth birthday. A state funeral was held at St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne, with thousands of mourners watching from Federation Square. A memorial service was also held at his local Ballyroan parish church in Dublin.

Jim kept diary notes throughout his battle with cancer, and spent many months talking about his life with his long-time friend, journalist Warwick Green. My Journey celebrates the legacy of Jim Stynes, offering an intimate portrait of a man learning to face his fears and get the most out of every single day.

'If you don't have cancer, cherish life. If you do, cherish it even more.' - Jim Stynes, My Journey
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'A moving account of his life before and after the June 2009 cancer diagnosis.'Sunday Mail
'Jim could not have left a better manual for life. [His] voice resonates from every page and he has a great capacity for savage self-reflection.'Sunday Herald Sun
'Here then is a story of immense courage, of being knocked down and getting up again only to be belted even harder.'Canberra Times

Biographies & Memoirs
22 August
Penguin Random House Australia
Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

Jackie Boggie ,

Jim Stynes

A very humble man on a journey of discovery and personal belief. A sad but poignant story. A man of great strength and adversity. For those who know or heard of Jim a story worth reading to understand the true quality of a good man

Caz.731 ,

My journey,Jim Stynes

Can not wait for this book to be out I have been wanting to read it from the time I heard he was writing it, I have always love and admired Jim and everything he has achieved, I look forward to this book, I will be getting a hard copy to always keep and will get a copy on my iPad to read it also, that way my book will always stay as good and fresh as Jim always was
RIP Jim, can't wait for the read

After only four days I have finished this journey with Jim, one of sadness, hope, laughter, courage.
You are an inspiration to everyone Jim, Sam and family

Very much a must read

M1 Spaceman ,

What a life

Life is truly unfair sometimes but as Jim Stynes proves in his story it's about how you come back from life's setbacks and turn them into a positive. What a great story of determination and passion. Jim was a great man who helped so many and this book is an inspiring story about how life should not be taken for granted. We must strive to be our best. Loved every bit of it. True hero.

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