Mary Gunn

Mary Gunn is a doctor, mother and wife who has lived with cancer for 20 years. She has worked in Paediatric Oncology (childhood cancer), as a hospital doctor in poverty-stricken Malawi and as a rural GP in Britain. At the age of 44, Mary was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer and received full conventional treatment. After a remission of 13 years, she developed a major recurrence and opted for “gentle” treatment only. Six years later, she is still living with cancer. 

Her book, Well, is a doctor’s journey through fear to freedom.


A doctor's journey through fear to freedom

by Mary Gunn

  • RRP: £8.99 (print)
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781910192931


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When Dr Mary Gunn was diagnosed with cancer, her first reaction was fear, and to fight the disease aggressively for the sake of not only herself but her young children and husband. But when it came back – and turned out to be incurable – she knew that she couldn’t live the rest of her life in fear. Mary embraced a new approach to life: to accept all the joy and sorrow, safety and danger, certainty and unpredictability… in essence, to live freely.

In our uncertain times, when it’s difficult not to feel the fear, Dr Mary Gunn’s remarkable memoir offers mindfulness tools for resilience, and shows how we can all use acceptance, compassion and love to live courageously, magnificently. Backed up by many years of experience as both a doctor and a patient, her story will inspire you to let go of fear, love life and live well.


“An insightful, compassionate account of living WELL in the shadow of death; a book for everyone by an inspiring woman.” Professor Liz Grant, Director of the Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh

“[Well] will surely be helpful to anybody with a serious illness or, indeed, anybody affected by chronic fear.” Richard Smith, British Medical Journal

"Insightful and profound." - Dr James R Doty