2017 has been my busiest year yet. Thankfully my health has remained consistent, and I have been able to push forward our work with simPal, and develop my own speaking and writing work. During the last couple of months of the year I have seen big signs to show me that the world of cancer support is finally beginning to understand what must happen if we are going to be able to provide the correct resources going forward, to help the increasing numbers of people affected by cancer. We have been aware for many years that there are far too many cancer charities to be sustainable and that politicians are slowing the progress of healthcare support.Read More
Here at Your simPal, we’re always interested to hear what people affected by cancer have to say. In the cancer sector, we tend to hear from those in positions of authority speaking on behalf of cancer patients, and only see the people at the heart of these issues through the filters of fundraising and marketing. But we believe that this limits the conversation, and means that as a society we miss out on the ideas, talent and insight of those who don’t have a platform - be that individuals or small charities. This is why on a #charitytuesday we often hold a Twitter chat for our lovely online community!
Last week, we wanted to know what it is that helps people most when they or a loved one are going through cancer treatment. There’s lots to say about gaps in cancer care, and the moments we are disappointed, but we thought it would be great (on this occasion) to think about the things that cheer us up. Those facing cancer are often told to “think positive”, but this doesn’t always come easily. So finding out what has helped others, and having a conversation about the joys in life, is something we hoped would have real value. And people had some really wonderful things to say!Read More