Children’s author and cancer research advocate “at peace” with entry into hospice


Courtney Roberts and Carol Brickell

This Lake Highland woman has left a lasting mark on the world, a legacy that will save lives, even if she loses hers.

Carol Brickell, author of children’s books and passionate advocate for lung cancer research, has announced that she will be entering hospice care.

It has long been understood that doctors tend to take men’s health concerns more seriously than Women’s. Women have to push harder and plead more for proper health care.

I have met at least a few influential women in my work at Avocado magazine who fought in this way for themselves and, later, for others whose voices were softer.

Carol is one of those women, and now she says she has given up fighting cancer in her body.

She wrote a children’s book, Cinco the clinic cat, whose 10th anniversary edition is now available (here or to Target, Amazon) and donated the proceeds to charity.

She got the idea for the book while volunteering to help poor and sick children in Honduras. And that’s only the first time I’ve heard of her, just one of her many contributions.

In 2018, suffering from a chronic cough, Carol visited a couple of medical professionals who didn’t seem to take her concerns seriously, but knew something was wrong, as she explains in this magazine article American Lung Cancer Foundation.

She was right.

A few months ago, I met Carol about the milestone of her book and her new calling as a career coach.

She said she had lung cancer and wrote wig reviews after losing her hair to cancer therapy.

And while the importance of prosthetic hair when you lose yours couldn’t be underestimated, it did a lot more than that.

Through her own persistence, whether she demanded further tests that would reveal cancer or insisted on being seen by a specialist within a reasonable time, Carol made herself more time. It’s time to visit her daughters and grandchildren and become a lung cancer research advocate. It’s time to write letters to its members of Congress, give speeches, and share his story with other lung cancer patients.

His struggle has helped professionals and patients understand the importance of biomarker testing, according to the LCFA. Last week, Carol told her connections on Linkden that she was entering hospice care.

“Due to recent targeted gene therapy treatments, I have been able to live a busy life since that time,” she writes. “However, very recently my cancer has spread to my liver and bile ducts and there is nothing more that can be done.” She adds that she is “at peace with it”. “I have had a wonderful life from start to finish – and it is beautiful.”

When I reached out to Carol to get her permission to post this, she added that she is in a beautiful facility, has entered a phase of sleepiness, and feels like she is fading quickly.

Because of Carol’s persistence, doctors learned more about the less common lung cancer biomarker, ROS1, which occurs in about 1-2% of patients with non-small cell lung cancer. It tends to be aggressive and can spread to the brain and bones. It tends to affect people with cancer younger than average and is more common in women who may have smoked at some point. Research related to this information is helping to prolong and improve death rates, according to the LCFA. Learn more about the foundation and donations here.


Grover Z. Barnes