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Cancer And Commercial Collaborations

Cancer And Commercial Collaborations

My work means that I am constantly communicating with people around the world, and I find it fascinating the differences that there are from country to country. Today I am delighted to share a piece from my friends at Tommy John, a men’s underwear designer company based in New York, who are working with the Testicular Cancer Foundation to raise awareness of this cancer. This type of collaboration is becoming more common and in many ways is a good thing. However I am personally sceptical that we don’t get to the situation which we have with Breast Cancer, that it is more about selling products and promotion, than raising awareness and producing positive results. Our world is changing rapidly, and in the cancer sector we need to be looking at all opportunities to

“I’m Sorry But You Have Womb Cancer”

"I'm Sorry But You Have Womb Cancer"

I have been to another meeting this week, held by individuals working together to support people after a cancer diagnosis. There was so much passion in the room as people shared their personal experiences and expertise, and explained how they planned to expand their work. There was a Q+A after the presentation and a Health Professional asked where the money to support the project was coming from as the N.H.S was in severe financial straits. Personally I am fed up with that being wheeled out time after time, as an excuse not to change things. It has become an easy answer to everything. Actually the facts are that there are some incredible resources for people affected by cancer outside the system. However, despite the financial issues, the N.H.S etc have

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

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

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

Cancer Support Is Not Keeping Up!

Cancer Support Is Not Keeping Up!

When I first started this work way back in 2008, there were times that I did wonder if I was the only person who was very unsatisfied with the state of cancer support services outside of the clinical environment. But as time has gone on I am approached by more and more people, both patients and professionals who are finding that they also want to speak out about what should be improved. Many, like me have decided they can have more impact from outside the system, with an independent voice. There are now so many very experienced people running independent services outside of large charities and healthcare providers. The problem here is that we all struggle when it comes to marketing as most of us have very limited budgets and