Sir Michael Morpurgo reveals his secret cancer battle

Sir Michael Morpurgo, the English author, poet and playwright, has revealed he has been having treatment for cancer and said his grandchildren give him “hope” of combating the disease.The 74-year-old, who was  diagnosed with an early cancer of the larynx last year, said it changed his perspective on life.Writing in The Spectator, he said: “Friends and family much younger have been ill, and suffered long; some have fallen off the perch younger than I am now. I’ve been a lucky old parrot.”Paying tribute to his grandchildren, he added: “They were all the hope I needed, lying there in that hospital being healed. It wasn’t only the radiotherapy doing the healing.”He was being treated at The Royal Marsden – a hospital dedicated to cancer diagnosis and treatment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. On Monday the War Horse writer was at the Hay Festival – which is where he said he wrote the article from. The author gives a full and frank account of his condition in The Spectator The author gives a full and frank account of his condition in The SpectatorCredit:Andrew Crowley He wrote in the article: “Even an unwelcome medical diagnosis does not surprise you. You cope because you have to.”You know it’s what happens to us all. You’ve been lucky all these years. Now it’s your turn, stuff happens.”That’s life, you tell yourself, or the other thing. Friends and family much younger have been ill, and suffered long; some have fallen off the perch younger than I am now. I’ve been a lucky old parrot.” read more

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