My fight for life
From heartbreak to hope

A Memoir

Why Me?

A Memoir: Impacted by a series of devastating events, Sharon-Ann takes you on a heartfelt Journey…
Marie, my elderly neighbour, was the first person who begged the question, "How could one person experience so much loss in such a short period of time and still have such faith?" It's a question frequently echoed by others.

My sister too, angry and heart-broken at my situation, with tear-filled eyes and a croak in her voice would often stop and ask, “Why you?”

From those questions, came my story that tells how love, determination and belief can guide and help you through your world, even when all you see is darkness, sickness and death.
Why Me?

About the Author


Growing up in Brockley, South-East London, Sharon-Ann attended John Stainer primary school, Catford Girls comprehensive, South East London College, Croydon College and Bromley College of Technology, where to further her experience in finance, she studied for an AAT degree. Sharon-Ann started her career as an Accounts Clerk and as her passion in finance and payroll grew she made her way up the financial ladder, often working in the City or West-End of London, from Accounts Manager, Accounts Supervisor, Business office Manager to becoming co-founder and owner of a restaurant business with her husband Danny.

Her hobbies include reading, writing poetry, short stories or plays, graphic designing and playing Backgammon. She recently joined a choir in Sutton and works with a leading hospital’s focus group to assist with the training of Practice Nurses by sharing her experiences. Sharon also helps out as a volunteer at her Church.

Fighter and writer

Sharon-Ann describes herself as a fighter and a writer.
After a series of devastating, heartfelt events, including losing various loved ones and partner, Sharon-Ann was unexpectedly left to battle a life-threatening cancer and rare heart disease, amyloidosis which inevitably changed her life. She went from a fit and active working mother of three to someone she hardly recognised: pumped and plumped from the chemotherapy and steroid treatments, her condition left her weak and frail, unable to climb a flight of stairs or make a cup of tea without gasping for breath.

Sharon-Ann puts her trust in God and determined not to allow her medical condition to obstruct her, or succumb to what the doctor’s had said, she fought back.
Being laid off work and disabled by her condition was the catalyst which sparked her writing: and while recovering at home, she wrote her first memoir, Why Me? Where she openly and honestly bares all, in her story; ‘my fight for life from heartbreak to hope.’

By combining her passion to write, with her strong desire to encourage, she hopes that by sharing her experiences in Why Me? she will bring hope, insight and inspiration, to all who may be dealing with devastation through loss and a typically taboo subject.
About the Author

Why Me? by Sharon-Ann Phillips (Author)



MacMillan Cancer’s PRESS RELEASE and Christmas campaign
Featured in the Croydon Advertiser – 3 January 2020

In December 2015, Sharon Gayle was discharged from hospital so she could spend "one last Christmas" with her family.

The mum-of-three, from South Croydon, had been diagnosed with myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer, and amyloidosis, a rare and serious condition which can lead to organ failure. Mrs Gayle was told she had just months to live - she didn't expect to live past 2016. But the brave mum has defied the odds and is now looking forward to spending yet another Christmas with her family.

"It took over a year of going back and forth to my GP’s and to my local hospital before my cancer was finally diagnosed," said Mrs Gayle. "But in November 2015 it was confirmed I had myeloma as well as a heart condition caused by amyloidosis...............

....................Mrs Gayle believes her experiences can potentially inspire those who continue to battle cancer, so much so that she has written a book.

"I want to share my experience," she explained.

"The struggles to get diagnosed and the importance of treating people as individuals – one glove does not fit all. We’re all different. Patients need to be looked at as unique.

"Many people with myeloma don’t get the chance to voice their experiences, as they don’t survive, so that’s why I wrote a book, ‘Why Me?’, as I am so passionate about sharing my experiences and my story.

"My book is about the other side of cancer… the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Every 15 minutes someone in London is diagnosed with cancer. Macmillan relies almost entirely on public donations to funds its vital cancer services. To help us this Christmas, donate today at

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