Help and support
Breast Cancer Haven. This charity has six centres across the U.K. At which they “offer advice on practical things like money and work, help combatting stress, exhaustion and nausea, advice on healthy eating and exercise. And above all, there will always be someone to talk to about your deepest fears.”
Bullshit Breast Cancer. This is a wonderful resource containing articles on all sorts of breast cancer related topics. It should be near the top of your list of places to read breast cancer related stories.
Cancer Care Map – an online directory that helps people find cancer care and support services in their local area. People with cancer, their friends and family can either search for a service or can browse the types of services available.
Cancer Care Parcel UK Cancer Directory – this is a directory of cancer charities, support groups, therapists, suppliers and services as verified by Cancer Care Parcel. You can search on here for post-mastectomy bras and swimwear, or support groups.
Cancer: Charting Your Way is a wonderful website offering coaching/counselling during treatment which also has a lovely blog.
Cancer on Board – Get in touch with this lovely charity for a “Cancer on board” badge. A little badge which lets people know that whilst you may look ok on the outside, you are actually going through cancer treatment and you may need someone to offer you a set on the train, bus or tube.
Live Better With – This is an online shopping site stocking 100’s of products to help get you through each step of your cancer treatment all recommended by those living with cancer. The site also offers stacks and stacks of practical advice.
Live Better With Cancer Support Map – this is another excellent map resource for anyone going through cancer treatment or their friend/family member. You type in your postcode and then choose the category you wish to search for (e.g. support groups, Macmillan service, hospices and so on).
Maggies. Maggies centres are located around the UK. “At Maggie’s you can talk to, and get support from, a range of professional people. Our Centres are staffed by Cancer Support Specialists, Benefits Advisors, Nutritionists, therapists and Psychologists who can support you in whichever way best suits your needs.”
Penny Brohn. “As a national charity, we reach out across the country, offering local support, such as free courses and wellbeing events locally, where you need it. Our Introductory sessions and Living Well courses can help you discover the things that make a big difference to the way you cope with cancer. Things like eating well and managing stress and dealing with the emotional impacts of the disease.”
Shine Cancer Support. This charity exclusively supports adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experience a cancer diagnosis. They offer regional meet-ups, they have information by way of blogs, pod casts and video casts on topics relevant to this age group.
Trekstock is an organisation aimed at young adults in their 20’s and 30’s diagnosed with cancer and aims to “deliver practical and social support programmes tailored to the needs of young adults, to give them a better chance of living well through and beyond cancer.” Fantastic organisation.
Your Sim Pal – This charity provides free calls, text, data and mobiles for those affected by cancer. There is a simple online form to complete and submit.