Louise Arthur was diagnosed in 1999 as terminally ill with a malignant brain tumour. Louise, with contributions from husband Tim, decided to write her diary on the web. This text contains selections from the "Shadow Diary", along with further contribution from Tim following Louise's death.
Louise Arthur was diagnosed in February 1999 as terminally ill with a malignant brain tumour. It was inoperable. She was then 28, had been married to Tim for 5 years: and they have a 4 year old daughter. After reading Ruth Picardie's book, Louise decided to write her diary - named "Shadow Diary" - on the web. She started in April , and Tim also contributed - occasionally - and showed what life was like for him, for their love together. By June 1999, the "hits" to the web site were running at 1000 a day: she started a column in the "Daily Mail", and Channel 4 decided to do a documentary on her. On January 11, 2000, Louise Arthur died. This text contains selections from both Louise's and Tim's contributions to the "Shadow Diary", but has also been written by Tim since her death, and includes samples of both Louise's earlier writing and her photographs.