Personal Experiences With Cancer

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My Double Mastectomy And The Birth Of Drain Dollies

My Double Mastectomy And The Birth Of Drain Dollies

At the age of 17, I lost my mum to ovarian cancer. My mum Lorraine was my best friend, and as every day passes, it doesn’t get any easier. We were extremely close, when I was aged 14 I spent months in intensive care on life support, she would never leave my side for more […]

Charley

After finding out she carried the BRCA1 mutation Charlotte had a double mastectomy aged 26 due to her genetic risk. Whilst recovering Charlotte designed a bag to hold post-surgical drains in order to make herself feel better and able to do things for herself. After realising how beneficial these were she decided to make these available to all women who have mastectomies, whilst raising money for a great charity. Drain dollies are distributed all over the world and come highly recommended by some of the leading breast surgeons.

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How Cancer Brought About A Smile: By Brenda Burling

How Cancer Brought About A Smile: By Brenda Burling

When asked to write for Cancer Care Parcel’s “Talking About Cancer Pages” it was only then I paused and reflected on the last couple of years. Having had family members and friends affected by cancer in its various forms I had seen the effects it had on all it touched. It was only when a […]

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New Breast Cancer Art Initiative Launched: The Breast Cancer Art Project

New Breast Cancer Art Initiative Launched: The Breast Cancer Art Project

A new cancer art initiative aimed at those affected by breast cancer has just launched ….and is already attracting artwork from across the world. The Breast Cancer Art Project provides an online platform for those who have or had breast cancer to submit and share their artwork with others, so they can feel heard, understood […]

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Me And My Radiotherapy Treatment: What You Cant See

Me And My Radiotherapy Treatment: What You Cant See

By a very tenuous connection, a friend of mine invited me to a garden party at Buckingham Palace just at the end of my radiotherapy treatment. I have never been before and will probably never go again.  Something I wasn’t going to turn down.  But as it was nearing the end of my radiotherapy treatment it was definitely not a good […]

Dr Shara Cohen

Dr Cohen started her working life as a research scientist and lecturer with over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

She followed a classical scientific career until she left mainstream science in 2000 (which coincided with the birth of her first daughter) to establish the Life Science Communications company, Euroscicon Ltd.

Euroscicon Ltd was her first company (which she sold in 2016).

In 2013 she was diagnosed with Cancer and set up Cancer Care Parcel

She also works with and establishes businesses and charities which benefit local, national and international communities via her company – The Pein Consultancy Ltd

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How Not To Talk To Someone With Cancer: A Refinery 29 Article

How Not To Talk To Someone With Cancer: A Refinery 29 Article

This month’s Refinery29 has a very personal article from our founder about what to say and definitely what not to say to people with cancer. “When I Got Cancer, My Friend Said ‘I Wish You Hadn’t Told Me’” describes some awkward moments when she told friends about her diagnosis …….”A very close friend said: “I wish you hadn’t […]

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How Cancer Changed My Life:  An Inspiring Perspective

How Cancer Changed My Life: An Inspiring Perspective

In 2007 I was running my own business and flying all over the world with it. My children were growing up and finalising their education and my wife had recently retired. Our lifestyle was great and we had no financial worries at all. Up to then, at the age of 51 I had perfect health, […]

Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis FRSA, founder of ‘Chris’s Cancer Community,’ and co-founder of ‘Your simPal.’

Chris is a long term cancer patient who has seen the many gaps in cancer support for survivors. His own experiences have led him to be a ‘disruptor,’ with his outspoken style of public speaking and regular postings to his website.

His work has won him many awards and has led to him being one of the major patient influencers within the cancer sector. Chris is known across the globe for his innovative approach to cancer survivorship, and his efforts to improve communication in the sector.

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This Is Me, I Will Not Hide: A Personal Account From A Cancer Survivor

This Is Me, I Will Not Hide: A Personal Account From A Cancer Survivor

I wanted to share a portion of my journey with you.  I am a cancer survivor. I have had cancer, I went through all my treatments, chemo – a double mastectomy – radiation. My journey through cancer has given me many challenges and I have also received a few gifts. It has taken me awhile […]

Maureen Macdonald

Maureen is a cancer survivor. She has experienced chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a double mastectomy.

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Accepting Cancer And The Positive Change It Can Bring

Accepting Cancer And The Positive Change It Can Bring

In 2011 Michael J. Russer was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  In this months ‘Coping with Cancer’ he talks about accepting cancer and the positive changes that came with this. “Given that five other members of my immediate family have perished from various forms of cancer, I did not take this lightly” In his frank and […]

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