I’d been coming to Trimar Hospice when we learnt that Billy Bragg was coming to help us write songs. I was panicking, I thought “I won’t be able to that’, I think we all did. If we hadn’t been given a push, I don’t think I would have had the courage to do it. I had heard of Billy Bragg but I didn’t know what he’d be like to work with, I just knew him from seeing him do political stuff on the television.
Once we went away and worked one to one, I was pleasantly surprised how nice he was, and how easy he was to work with, he wasn’t as scary as he looked. He made you feel at ease. I knew how I felt about my illness and he helped me express it, he gave me ideas about ways of turning my experience into a song.
It was scary when I first heard it, to think that I’d written a song, I
couldn’t quite believe it. It expressed what I felt and the upbeat music suited the words and the way I’ve been tackling the illness. I’m not too bothered about it being on the CD that was released, I care more about it pleasing my family and helping other people.