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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

The Drastic Increase In ‘Cancer Poverty’

The Drastic Increase In 'Cancer Poverty'

With my charity work increasing rapidly now, I have had so many conversations with both patients and health professionals about the issues during and after cancer treatment. It has shocked me how so many people are barely surviving financially once cancer enters their lives. Broken families, people living apart with dependent children, older people living on their own, and also regular people struggling with work and benefit issues. I knew things were bad but I hadn’t quite realised how bad they were. All the benefit advisors that I have met are absolutely full with people asking advice, with very little immediate help available. Yes there are some grants available but in many cases you have to almost jump through a hoop to get them. In my own case the cancer frightened

How Well Do We Communicate In The Cancer Sector?

How Well Do We Communicate In The Cancer Sector?

 This week I have had some incredibly diverse people contact me, but there has been a common theme so far, and that is communication. How to better engage with people about cancer? I am speaking at conferences and am visiting several organisations who all want to know how to improve their communication, to gain the type of followers they really need, to get their messages out to the right people. I think we are now beginning to learn that because we have followers, subscribers, likes etc  for our social media platforms, it does not necessarily guarantee proper engagement.  Unless you communicate in an interesting way, then why will people interact with you? This is something that I have always been aware of whilst talking and writing in the cancer market, and was brought home to me

Cancer Support At Grass Roots

Cancer Support At Grass Roots

Since the official launch of Your simPal, our free service for people affected by cancer I have been truly shocked in a positive way! We did lots of research and a soft launch about six months ago, to help us understand where, and how the demand would come. That also helped us deal with some of the unforeseen issues. But once the website was launched and the posters starting going out, organisations were busy contacting us about how they could help their patients. One of the biggest challenges that I have seen since spending so much time in the cancer sector, is a general lack of collaboration with organisations outside of your own. My general rule has been, the larger they are, the worse the problem is! We have designed the

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