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My Cancer Story (Video)

My Cancer Story (Video)

Several weeks ago I was invited by Cancer Stories to share my story and have it filmed to enable others to learn from what happened to me. The project is an incredible one with so many benefits, for people like me by recounting the impact cancer has had in our lives, and also for anyone watching to be able to use our experience positively for themselves. It takes the form of one complete video of my journey from diagnosis to current day, and also key segments talking about the impact of diagnosis, work, family etc.(Check out PLAYLIST for further details.) To see more about Cancer Stories they are also on Faceboook: https://www.facebook.com/cancerstoriesonline  and Twitter: @cancer_stories If you think that there is anything in my story that might be valuable to someone you know please

A Life Changing Event (Sarah’s Story)

A Life Changing Event (Sarah's Story)

This week’s post features Sarah Cheeseman, who is another incredible person who has come into my life because of cancer. After being diagnosed in 2007 Sarah has gone onto have a family (against the odds) and has designed an incredibly useful piece of kit for people who need Hickman Lines as part of their treatment. I just wish the holder was around when I had my treatment! “In June 2007, I counted over 40 bruises on my body; this was the beginning of my Aplastic Anaemia journey.Then In October 2007 I went to the doctors with bruises, a black eye, blurred vision, no energy, nose bleeds, and pain all over my body; it was even painful having a shower. On the way to the doctors tears filled my eyes as

The Impact Of Sharing Cancer Experiences

The Impact Of Sharing Cancer Experiences

In recent weeks I have been invited to share my cancer experiences with a great cross section of people and in very different settings, but they were all extremely powerful for both me and the audience. I have been doing this work now for approximately seven years, and it never ceases to amaze me how powerful it always is. Of course every audience is unique, and each presentation is delivered in a different way, to suit, but basically the message is the same. Not only does it have impact on the audience, but I always feel very emotional too! Last Saturday I spent the afternoon being filmed for Cancer Stories, a wonderful project that offers peer support through videos. This took me back to my original diagnosis and brought so many memories

Cancer Discrimination, What’s Your Experience?

Cancer Discrimination, What's Your Experience?

This weeks post was prompted by a conversation I had with my bank recently. Having been with them for more than 10 years I wanted to ammend a few things to bring them up to date, but of course they don’t like change and I needed to have a phone call to review things! My bank know more about my money than I do, but insisted I go through every penny I spend and earn, plus detailed questioning on what I do for a living. Not being able to work after I got sick has been no issue to them up to now, as all the bills are paid promptly. But the fact that I am no longer able to work regularly at the age of 59 suddenly became important. Could I provide proof of income, did I have a pension,

How Do You Cope With Adversity?

How Do You Cope With Adversity?

Living so much of my life now in the ‘cancer world’ I am always amazed at the things people are able to achieve despite the health cards they are dealt. But this week I saw two examples away from cancer, where these people have overcome incredible hurdles and are achieving things much beyond what they might have dared hope for. In both cases life was very cruel, but they found resilience and determination and never lost hope that they could do something special with their lives.  My first example is Gill Hicks who is a double amputee victim from the London 7/7 bombing. Gill describes how her determination and a strong empathy for the plight of others helped her to create a ‘second life.’  “I’ve managed to create a constructive anger,” she

Ellie’s Legacy Is Changing Lives!

Ellie's Legacy Is Changing Lives!

In recent weeks I have written about some of the wonderful, innovative resources that are being developed to help people affected by cancer. Many have been started due to personal experiences, and finding the support gaps that currently exist. I have known of this organisation for some time, and I am delighted to be able to share the wonderful work that they do. In this piece Tom explains what led him to start the service, and how it works. “Ellie was 28 when she started writing her own blog, writtenoff.net, having been told that that her breast cancer had spread to her bones and that she couldn’t expect to live longer than six months. Ellie’s blog gained thousands of followers and inspired her readers with her determination to defy the odds. Her descriptions of endless hospital appointments

What Does ‘Cancer Support’ Mean To You?

What Does 'Cancer Support' Mean To You?

Once I was ‘enrolled’ in the cancer community and saw how little awareness there was about the issues facing people affected by cancer, I knew that I had to get involved to try and improve things. People like me needed help, although I wasn’t really sure what was available and what I needed when. The early times were a bit of a blur if I’m honest and staying alive was my first target, but as time passed I started looking around firstly for the things I needed, then what was around that might help others. In 2007, when it all began for me, services were very sparse, ‘cancer support’ seemed mainly to consist of books. Once I had received my pile of books on diagnosis, it seemed like everyone felt