Entering Very Humbling Times.

Entering Very Humbling Times.

It has been a few weeks since I have written a personal blog, as I have been on a bit of a road trip. Although I suffer with terrible fatigue, I have had to push myself through some incredible presentations and meetings. My work is reaching the level that I have always aspired to, so it is difficult to pass up the many incredible opportunities that are now coming my way. With the combination of Your simPal and my own personal work, many new opportunities are opening up, and more and more people are becoming interested in what we do. This is leading to being invited to present nationally and internationally, my ideas and projects. Since I got sick, I have lost a lot of my confidence, and despite my

Thinking ‘Outside The Box’ Should Be Normal Now!

Thinking 'Outside The Box' Should Be Normal Now!

It’s been some time since I wrote a new piece due to refocusing my priorities. Since Your SimPal has been live, approximately 6 months now, it has dominated my work. We are now helping increasing numbers of people across the country, and interest in our work is growing organically. It is challenging in so many ways, yet so satisfying knowing we can do something to improve the lives of many affected by cancer. People now know me for my interest in innovation in the cancer sector. There are many ways to help with existing problems if only large organisations would ‘look up’ and search outside their safety zone. Main stream services have little imagination having been ‘corporatised.’ The problem us innovators face is that most funding goes to large organisations and

Cancer Does Not Discriminate (Jeremy’s Story)

Cancer Does Not Discriminate (Jeremy's Story)

In my work I get to meet some wonderful people and Jeremy Marshall is one of those. A man who’s life was also brought crashing down with a cancer diagnosis. I was delighted that Jeremy accepted my invitation to share his experiences on the site. His career is one that most of us can only dream about, but of course when it comes to cancer there is no discrimination. “I have had a very happy and blessed life. I was never in hospital for a day, married for nearly 30 years and  have three wonderful children plus a really interesting career. Then about 4 years ago I found a small lump on my ribs. At my wife’s urging I went to the GP who said “it’s probably just a fatty

Facing Cancer And Overcoming Fears

Facing Cancer And Overcoming Fears

I am writing this on World Cancer Day, and as our blog is truly international I wanted to share a piece from some friends in the US. This day is all about unity, and I have found that cancer is unifying many people, wherever they are in the world. Personally I don’t believe it is one day, I feel it is something we should work a lot harder at to continue into the future! Of course there is always a commercial angle to it, where you can buy various wrist bands but it should mean so much more than that in the longer term. Cancer seems to unify the people affected by it but divide the people working in it. Healthcare, pharmaceutical and charities all working in their own way, which will of course

Why The Lack Of Sharing From Many Cancer Charities?

Why The Lack Of Sharing From Many Cancer Charities?

We are so far only one month in to 2017, and I can say that in terms of my cancer work it has been an incredible start. I have frequently talked and written about the frustrating lack of collaboration in the cancer sector, and unfortunately that is still the case now. Large brands only interested in their own marketing and income streams, and the N.H.S going from one crisis to another. Many years have passed since I started my own cancer journey, and my business skills have shown me a very different way to help people affected by cancer. Not just the patient but also family members etc. We ( Your simPal) wanted to provide help directly to people, with all money raised being passed back to help others. Most importantly

Cancer And The Rapidly Increasing Numbers

Cancer And The Rapidly Increasing Numbers

Having lived my life in the cancer world for nearly ten years, I thought I might be able to say that there is very little that shocks me about the impact of this disease. After all, I see it up close and personal via the work I do myself, and the patients and organisations we work with via Your simPal. We hear the statistics, currently one in three are affected, rising quickly in the next few years to one in two. Yes that is half of us! Whilst doing a presentation recently I asked the people in the room to imagine that half of them had cancer, and they were truly shocked, looking at it in that way. But this is not scare tactics, it’s fact. The good news is

Politicians And Healthcare? No Thanks!

Politicians And Healthcare? No Thanks!

So we are now well into 2017, and so far very little has changed since 2016. Celebrity deaths continue apace, and every aspect of our society is becoming dogged by politics. Personally I have no interest in politics whatsoever. Politicians are generally overpaid wordsmiths looking to tie us up in knots, while they make a fabulous personal living. With all the streams of communication we have these days, I find it hard to believe anything that happens outside of my own house! If I were to judge the world by what I read in the paper or see on my television I would be in a permanent state of depression! At the age of 60 I have seen many recessions, and bitter trade union disputes. Times when I thought any

Sometimes Everything May Not Be Enough!

Sometimes Everything May Not Be Enough!

Of course bad health never takes any time off and although many of us have been isolated in a ‘Christmas bubble,’ others have been dealing with their issues. Time away from your regular work is a thing we all need, but the problems don’t go away, and over the festive period, can in fact be exaggerated. My neighbour’s Mum died on Christmas Day, so they not only had the emotional issues but the practical ones too. Finding the right services over Christmas can certainly be challenging. My phone and email have been extremely busy since New Year, and some of the messages we have received through our Your simPal service have brought me to tears. Firstly to be told how we helped so many people over the Christmas period, then to

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