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Have charities been hijacked by commercialism?

In recent weeks, I have seen a lot of comments about the relationship between large corporations and the charity world, which have confirmed some of my ongoing personal thoughts. Like most things in life, it goes in cycles. Years ago, charities struggled…

The emotions of a hospital appointment

I often wonder if our health system is now such a monster, that it  fails to recognise patients as people, and not just numbers that have to be herded through the system, beating numerous targets on the way.I am not convinced that…

Living with remission

I have titled this post ‘Living with, rather than in, remission’, as I feel that there is a big difference between the two. To explain that further, I have taken a dictionary definition of the word remission, in a cancer context.…

Cancer support using social media

This week has been an absolutely incredibly busy and fulfilling time. I have spent my week, communicating with people around the world. I have spoken to patients, charities, complementary therapists, cancer service providers, media people, volunteers and NHS professionals. Most…

Facing fear and feeling free

Not only, during my many hospital visits, but in most other life situations, I am a ‘people watcher’. A lot of my friends tell me they do the same! I find other people so interesting,how they all react differently to…