“There have been moments when all I could see and feel was myself disappearing into a black hole, but there have also been moments of joy, laughter and happiness.” Exactly one year ago, Louise was diagnosed with breast cancer, and has since undergone six rounds of chemotherapy, a mastectomy, and radiotherapy. She’s also had Herceptin injections and a daily tamoxifen tablet. “When I was diagnosed, the world seemed to stop. My only thought was for Filly, my dearly loved daughter and best friend. She needs me and I need her - I don’t want her to grow up without a mummy.” This festive season, we’re celebrating special Christmas moments. Next week, we’ll be filming Louise as she reads some of the comments underneath this post for the first time and we’ll share the video with you just before Christmas. Please leave your good wishes in the comments 😊
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will donate £1 to our #KidsAndTeens
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“In May 2015, I had a blood test arranged by my doctor and just 24 hours later I was being sent to hospital for an X-ray and a CT scan. After further tests, I was diagnosed with type 2, stage 4a follicular lymphoma, and had two years of chemotherapy. I am now in remission and on ‘watch and wait'. Throughout the last three years the NHS has been superb. I cannot fault the doctors who have treated me, the nursing staff who have cared for me or the other hospital staff who looked after me, whether as an outpatient or inpatient. Thanks to the NHS, I have had three extra years of life so far, and I hope to have many more!” The tests Tony had before he was diagnosed need NHS staff to carry them out, interpret the results, and communicate these to the patient. At least 10% of these posts are already vacant – and thousands more staff will be needed in the future. #shouldertoshoulder
“I started out as a nursing auxiliary in 1974 and never looked back. I started my NHS nurse training in 1975 and am still working in the NHS now aged 61. I have seen so many advances with cancer care and treatment over the past 40 years – especially with childhood cancers like leukaemia, which used to always carry a life sentence. We have a fabulous health care system that is straining under the pressure from its lack of funding, but it’s still the best.” NHS staff, like Rosie, help make sure cancer patients receive the best care. But the NHS is already struggling – 1 in 10 posts for staff who diagnose cancers are vacant, and thousands more staff will be needed in the future. #shouldertoshoulder
"In October 2016, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. In the space of four months, I was referred from my GP to a thyroid specialist, underwent a scan and biopsy, had a six-and-a-half-hour operation and received radio ionisation treatment. All of this was done on the NHS. Being told you have cancer is the most frightening experience. I was devastated - I have four young children. But the NHS team were incredible. I had the same fantastic consultants, and the theatre team and nurses were wonderful. My cancer has now gone. I feel incredibly lucky but also hugely grateful to all the NHS staff who have helped and supported me.” This is Sally’s story. NHS staff are at the forefront of fighting cancer - but it’s getting tougher for them to diagnose cancers quickly and care for their patients due to staff shortages. We need to stand #ShoulderToShoulder
with the NHS. Write to the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, and tell him to train and employ more NHS staff - just tap the link in our bio.
“After the death of my lovely husband, I needed a job for financial reasons, and to distract myself from my grief. Being a face-to-face fundraiser was an opportunity to make a living, travel the UK and do some good. I was delighted to be offered a trial, despite noticing that the majority of the other candidates were much younger than me! Amazingly, I found I was good at it. Although I’m a trained nurse, by fundraising for Cancer Research UK, I feel like I’m helping with cures and preventions. I haven't looked back!” This year, Viv has helped raise £1 million through her efforts as one of our face-to-face fundraisers. Since 2015, she has met with people across the country, helping to raise awareness of the continued need to fund life-saving research. We’re giving thanks to people like Viv this #GivingTuesday
. Find out more on our website – link in bio.
“Having survived cancer twice, I felt I could contribute to Cancer Research UK’s first Patient Sounding Board. When I first applied, I realised just how many of my own friends, family and colleagues had been touched by cancer over the years. I was determined to contribute my experience of cancer and for it to improve cancer services. It’s given me the chance to meet other cancer survivors, all of whom, like me, want their experience to be useful. I’m proud of my work to get patients’ views heard.” Diane gives her time to help beat cancer – find out how you can get involved and give for good this #GivingTuesday
by visiting the link in our bio!
“I wanted to make sure as few families as possible go through what we went through.” Patrick began volunteering and fundraising for us after his wife died of bowel cancer in 2007, aged just 52. He said, “I feel I can make a difference towards the positive impact that Cancer Research UK has in cancer diagnosis and treatments. I feel immensely proud to volunteer for Cancer Research UK, and I know that all of us together do make a difference, we do transform peoples’ lives and we will beat cancer.” Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday
, and we’re giving thanks to all our supporters, like Patrick. Find out more at the link in our bio.
“I’ve been involved with Movember and I’m vice-chair of the Oxfordshire Prostate Cancer Support Group. I’m also chair of the Patient & Public Involvement sub-committee for a clinical study that Cancer Research UK is supporting, called ReIMAGINE, which aims to look at alternatives to unreliable PSA testing and provide more accurate stratification of prostate cancer, to reduce the over-treatment of men with low-grade disease. Here I am enjoying the simple pleasure that does wonders for my physical and mental fitness - walking – with my wife, Sylvia, on the third anniversary of my operation, and my dog, Suki.” This is Steve’s #CancerRightNow
. If you’ve been inspired and want to tell your story, get in touch with us at cruk.org/cancerrightnow
“Right now, I’m pleased to report that I’m fit and well, having received no further treatment and having overcome the worst of the urinary incontinence that followed surgery. Things don't work quite the same, but I'm happier and wiser for the experience. Once I realised that instead of asking ‘Why me?’, I might as well ask ‘Why not me?’, I applied that philosophy to all aspects of my life - which sees me volunteering to help with lots of things. It’s great! I've also taken on running our local drama group; writing, directing and acting in productions including as a pantomime Dame earlier this year.” This is #CancerRightNow