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“Cancer won’t stop my education!” Emily’s story

"Cancer won't stop my education!" Emily's story

I make no apology for this blog being a little longer than usual as Emily is a young lady I admire greatly! At the age of 16 she was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but has not let cancer get in the way of living her life. Along with all the things young people do, Emily runs her own website to work with other young people around the world. What I find personally refreshing about Emily, is that she is forever smiling, and will not let cancer stop her from achieving her goals. We tend to assume that it is mostly older people that are affected by cancer but in this piece we are given an insight into some of the issues that younger people can face. Thanks so much Emily

The power of the ‘patient voice.’

The power of the 'patient voice.'

This week has been an incredibly busy, but extremely satisfying one. On Tuesday I was the guest speaker at St Georges Hospital in London, where I was invited to talk to a selection of staff and patients about my personal journey and  how it has affected my life. This was a fantastic opportunity for everyone to learn from each other, and particularly to help staff understand things from the patient perspective. This particular engagement meant a lot to me as of course it is my own hospital, and an opportunity to engage with the staff in a very different way to the normal patient/Consultant relationship. All of the staff had read and heard about my work, but few had actually seen me present live. Patients had also been invited, all

Working for Change in The Cancer Community

Working for Change in The Cancer Community

Chris describes how through his work he supports people living with cancer and challenges the status quo to make changes for the better in the cancer community.

The politics of healthcare

The politics of healthcare

As my own cancer journey extends, and my work expands, I am now involved with many different organisations, offering advice and experience, in the hope that support for people affected by cancer will be improved in the longer term. My own work before cancer, was tangible, and I could always see both short and long term results. I always enjoyed seeing the benefits both personally and for my customers. However, having willingly entered the world of healthcare to use my time constructively, I find another completely different way of working, which frustrates me most of the time! I do understand the reasons why many things are done, but no one seems to realise that people affected by cancer do not have the time to wait, while numerous groups and committees discuss projects

Has cancer made me selfish?

Has cancer made me selfish?

I know, no one likes to consider themselves as selfish, especially me! But my encounter with cancer has made me wonder. Other people are always my concern, and the joy I receive in my life has always come from doing things for others. However, when cancer struck, my world turned on it’s head. Instead of me being a part of my family focus, I became the entire focus. Every where I went, people wanted to know about what was happening to me. Of course, I spent a long time in hospital, with chemotherapy, transplant and various complications, and I was the focus there too. Due to the complexities of my disease and treatment I required a lot of time and care from people. I was a very good giver, but a

And the award goes to ……….

And the award goes to ..........

As my regular readers will know, I seem to have no problem with finding subject matter for my weekly posts. My life is quite varied, and what tends to happen is that either I will read something, or talk to someone, that will prompt, that post. On some occasions the subject becomes apparent, as I have had cause to discuss them on more than one occasion. Most of my time is spent talking about cancer, either in a clinical environment, or via social media, but I also have a variety of other things happening, so the subjects can be much broader. Ironically this week, I had got to Friday, and there was no obvious subject to write about. I can really only write well because of my passion for the subject matter,

Healthcare must quickly learn to embrace social media.

Healthcare must quickly learn to embrace social media.

This past week has been a particularly varied one, which is what I really enjoy. I have done some speaking, writing, and lots of personal engagement. I have received some fantastic feedback from last week’s post, and have been involved in some very fruitful dialogue. What I try and do with my writing is to stimulate thought and discussion. Cancer is such an emotive subject, and we will all have our opinions. There is no right and wrong, only what feels right for you. I am happy to share my thoughts to open up a conversation. I have been grateful, particularly to the many people affected by pancreatic cancer who contacted me, to talk about their work. Thank you, I learned a lot! I was invited to join a ‘tweet

Raising awareness,new boundaries?

Raising awareness,new boundaries?

Well, firstly I would like to welcome you to my shiny new website! It is a very sentimental time for me, as two years ago, I was persuaded to create an internet presence. I was told it would be a good thing. That piece of advice became another life changing event, as I entered the uncharted waters of the Internet. Today, we are communicating around the world, and demand has increased to such a level, that the old platform could no longer do what was required of it. My thanks go to Christina, and her team, who now sponsor my cancer support work, and have enabled me to expand my reach, and help me with my many technical needs! I hope you enjoy the new format. I have spoken frequently

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