A WREXHAM mother with breast cancer has published her second book since her diagnosis after the first received an award.

Hollie McFarlane, 43, was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2022.

While going through treatment, Hollie, from Gwersyllt, began writing a book for her daughter, Sydney, from her child's perspective, in a brave attempt to explain to her what was happening during her illness.

Her first book 'Sometimes, Mummy feels...' received an incredible recognition award in September this year after being shortlisted for the Butterfly Breast Cancer Awards in the Innovation Category. It has also received the Golden Wizard Book Prize.

Since then, Hollie has successfully completed her second book titled 'Sometimes, Daddy feels...' 

Both books tackle the taboo subject of mental health experienced by adults from the perspective of a child.

Hollie said: "It was written in support of any Dads out there who may be struggling in some way; be it health, mental health or otherwise.

"It deals with feelings and emotions rather than a specific illness. I felt it was really important to write as so many men are trying their best to hold things together but sometimes struggle.


"I'm hoping this book will help dads explain their feelings to their child in a gentle and reassuring way."

Sydney was only three-years-old when her mum was diagnosed with cancer, and Hollie felt it was important to help families in difficult situations.

The book publication also coincides with Men's Mental Health Awareness Month.