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Young people deserve better cancer support!

Young people deserve better cancer support!

get redirected here My favourite area of work is with young people, and there are two main reasons for this. The first is that I just love the enthusiasm and energy from this group, but secondly, I am genuinely shocked, at how little support is available, and I want to make some noise about this! By chance, I have spent the last week, involved with some young people. I have attended a presentation by Shine Cancer Support and was privileged to meet several, vociferous people. I also met many young people raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support #CoffeeMorning. Since then I have been in regular contact, with others that have found me through Twitter. Experience shows me that, services are ok, if you are very young, teenage, or ‘middle age’ but the group of 20s 30s,and 40s is largely forgotten.

Life after cancer, for a young person. (Samantha)

Life after cancer, for a young person. (Samantha)

One of the biggest things that I have learned, since I was diagnosed, is that outside your circle of family and friends, it is extremely difficult to find emotional or practical support to enable you to start living again.Once you are diagnosed, you have a new ‘life companion.’ If you are lucky enough to get into remission, it is very difficult to feel that you have completely broken your association with the disease. I have been talking and blogging about these issues, as I feel that they are rarely mentioned to patients.Cancer has totally turned my life upside down, and I was a very competent and confident person, before this process started. It now feels that I have been thrown into a pool without being taught how to swim. Yes,

Young adult cancer. Ann-Marie’s story (Isolation)

Young adult cancer. Ann-Marie's story (Isolation)

Following my previous post about loneliness, which has had some incredible feedback, I just had to publish this account of a very brave young lady, Ann-Marie, who from the age of 4 has battled Ollier Disease andthen at the age of 25 was diagnosed with bone cancer. Ann-Marie bravely wants to share her story through this blog, to raise awareness of how isolated people can feel, at the time they need support the most! Some of our younger readers may recognise the roller coaster of emotions. This also emphasises that these emotions can effect you, at whatever age you are This post is slightly longer than usual, but an incredibly powerful message! “I fought the fight; I’m out the other side but what now?”  So, it was a little while ago now but I