One of the first things that Inspiration for Life did was to publish our founder Tim Richardson’s diary of his cancer journey, which you can buy here. We’ve also shared Maryam’s story on this site, and will hope to add more, so that there’s a rich variety of experiences (good and bad), outcomes (good and bad) and individual responses to draw upon, which may be helpful if you are affected by cancer, directly or indirectly. No one else’s experience will be exactly like yours, but we hope that there will be things that speak personally to you, that inform, encourage or inspire you, and that make you feel less alone on your journey.
Megan Blunt shared her story of being diagnosed with bone cancer when she was 14 via the Bone Cancer Research Trust. She also worked with CLIC Sargent to create a booklet, Chemotherapy, Cakes & Cancer (An A to Z guide to living with childhood cancer), which can be downloaded free from the CLIC Sargent website. Megan is fully recovered now, and has gone on to work with a number of cancer charities to help improve things for children and young people with cancer. Her booklet is funny and frank and full of helpful information and ideas, and we hope that it will be useful for some of you.
Rachel Bland’s recent death from breast cancer made headline news because as a journalist she used her media experience to talk very directly about her cancer diagnosis and treatment through a blog and podcast.
Ellie Jeffery, another journalist, also documented her experience through a blog, Written Off. Since her death in 2012, her fiancé and friends have set up a charity, Ellie’s Friends, now merged with Maggies, which sets out to give people with cancer something to lift their spirits through freebies (donated gifts of products and services).
James is sharing his experience of cancer diagnosis and treatment through his blog