Archive for the Cancer Support Category

Never Too Young!

Never Too Young!

I would like to thank Dafina, for sharing this incredibly passionate piece, which is very appropriate for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. “My name is Dafina and I’m 39. Four years ago, I was living a normal life and doing all the things that young people do. But while I was planning my future, I didn’t know my life was already in danger. I had no idea I was carrying a growing tumour, eventually weighing 500g. In July 2014 I started becoming very bloated, which was unusual for me. I saw my GP almost 4 months in a row, but she didn’t touch or examine my abdomen even once and instead sent me to see a gastroenterologist to have my stomach checked. They didn’t discover anything either, and I tried to

The Lack Of Action Is Killing Us!

The Lack Of Action Is Killing Us!

My working life has changed dramatically since the start of 2019, and it is all incredibly positive! SimPal is now serving families across the entire UK and we are working with some incredible partners, which is making life a lot easier. As things in the charity world continue to evolve, we are being contacted by national companies who are disillusioned by giant charities, and can see the impact we are having in the community. Being small we are restricted what we can take on due to limited finance, but we are open and honest with people. Our work is innovative and we are very agile, due to the way we work in a fast moving sector. The projects I do personally are getting more high profile, and I am working with

Betrayed By Those Who Should Protect Us!

Betrayed By Those Who Should Protect Us!

It is still very early into 2019, yet my work is already moving much quicker than last year. Our brief but impactful appearance on the BBC News has accelerated interest in SimPal. Not only by more people who want to use the service but organisations who would like to help us expand. This is involving more meetings and presentations across the country, hopefully increasing our donations and allowing us to support more families. Also my personal work is more in demand as social media spreads news quickly of the impact we are having. This is the year that I stand up taller and challenge the organisations that are there to supposedly help us in our time of need. We are making great progress in that quest, as more and more

Lack Of Action On ‘Cancer Poverty’ Is A National Disgrace!!

Lack Of Action On 'Cancer Poverty' Is A National Disgrace!!

The worrying thing for me is that I wrote the below piece more than TWO YEARS ago! As with most things in this sector, the situation is getting much worse! Many more millions of pounds have come and gone. Several campaigns, but yet MORE people living in poverty because of their illness. This is an absolute disgrace and is yet another reason why the cancer support area must see radical change! We can no longer wait, for yet more discussions, this is reality! You will see at the end of this piece our recent article featuring simPal work featured on the BBC National news!  “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

“While You See A Chance, Take It!”

"While You See A Chance, Take It!"

Is it because I am getting older, or busier, maybe a combination of the two? But here I am again looking at what happened in 2018, and thinking about what I want to do in 2019! Time for a bit of personal stock taking. When you have unreliable health you will know how difficult it is to make any plan, so for me it is important to prioritise my time to ensure that not a minute gets wasted. I have always been a person to take a chance when it comes my way, and as time passes, living with this disease has made me more empowered. Due to taking opportunities, many against my wife and medical team’s advice this year, I have done the #1 on my bucket list and

Why I Will Increase My Cancer ‘Disruption’ In 2019!

Why I Will Increase My Cancer 'Disruption' In 2019!

Many people ask me why I call myself a disruptor, they think it is some fancy title, but here is the definition that describes it most appropriately. ‘Your idea far exceeds the status quo. You don’t just want to see your business model become a reality, you want it to become the new standard. You don’t just want your product idea to make it to market, you want to see it change the world. Unlike other people in your industry, you don’t want to settle for adjusting to changes, you want to be that change. In other words, you want to be so innovative, you will transform what the rest of the world accepts as normal. You are an entrepreneur, but you aren’t just building a business or a product;

“You Have More Influence Than Us Mr Lewis!”

"You Have More Influence Than Us Mr Lewis!"

During the last few weeks it has been incredibly busy with a rush to finalise some plans and partnerships for 2019. Both for simPal and my personal work things are accelerating, with many projects being discussed for the coming year. Social-media of course needs constant updating so my mind is staying continually active. My own campaigning has been in the public eye for more than seven years and there are times when I wonder if I have reached my ‘sell-by date!’ I am aware that our needs are changing rapidly, but I am moving very quickly into the tech areas, which is helping share my cancer work with people who up to now were not aware of it. Fresh ways of communication and exciting new doors opening because of it. 

Our Cancer Cartel Is Halting Innovation!

Our Cancer Cartel Is Halting Innovation!

My last few weeks have been spent speaking at numerous events and also dealing with the long list of people who are contacting me with their frustrations of the current cancer system in the country! Personally I have become bored with the lack of interest from the three biggest organisations in this country, who are the ones that people naturally contact when talking about cancer care. It is no surprise to my regular readers that the NHS, Cancer Research and Macmillan Cancer Support are the ‘cartel ‘ that I refer to. Through the frequent conversations I am having about the lack of progress within cancer support in this country, these organisations are at the heart of it. The theme is common, the organisations rarely respond, and if they do, they