The Osbourne Trust

The Osbourne Trust

Who we are I’m Emma and I founded and now run The Osborne Trust, the only national charity that focuses all of our support on the children of a parent with cancer. The Trust was launched in 2014 after my own cancer diagnosis aged 36 years with 

Navigate – a new support for parents

Navigate – a new support for parents

As a Breast CNS Team in a large NHS Trust, we see breast cancer patients who we support from screening, diagnosis, treatment and beyond. Our role has changed over the years and non-more so than in the last twelve months since the coronavirus pandemic hit 

My daughter was 15 when I got cancer

My daughter was 15 when I got cancer

This guest blog is from Gloria whose daughter was fifteen when Gloria was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 54 years old when I found a lump in my right breast. It was late September and in October 2018 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Telling my children (10-year-olds and 14-year-old) I had cancer

Telling my children (10-year-olds and 14-year-old) I had cancer

This guest blog is from Mary Huckle, in which she talks about how she told her 10-year-old twin girls and 14-year-old son she’s been diagnosed with cancer. She shares her tips for dealing with children of this age group. 7 Things to Consider When Telling 

Motherhood through Cancer

Motherhood through Cancer

Motherhood is hard enough without a cancer diagnosis! In a time of pandemic, being confined to our homes, home schooling and wearing countless hats of not only parent, but teacher, entertainer, friend, sibling, chef and cleaner, having a ten-year-old pre tween daughter and going through 

Cancer and Mum Guilt

Cancer and Mum Guilt

People talk about mum guilt a lot. It would seem that you have children and then the sense of responsibility leads to an enormous amount of guilt about everything. Am I doing enough with them? Am I over stimulating them? Are they eating enough fruit 

I didn’t tell my son I had cancer

I didn’t tell my son I had cancer

You’ve been diagnosed with cancer. The big question is… do you tell your kids? As parents we naturally want to protect our children from anything that might hurt, upset or worry them. It’s part of a parent’s make-up. If we could wrap our children in 

Advice for parenting while going through cancer

Advice for parenting while going through cancer

This guest blog is from Sara Olsher, founder of Mighty & Bright, a company in the US focusing on support systems for children who are faced with traumatic situations such parents going through cancer or a divorce. Here, Sara talks about why she started Mighty&Bright 

Fruitfly Collective advice on telling children

Fruitfly Collective advice on telling children

This is a guest blog from the Fruitfly Collective about how to talk to and support your children throughout your cancer diagnosis. One of the reasons why it so hard to tell your child that you have cancer is the primal feeling of wanting to 

Parenting with cancer (17 month old and 4 years old)

Parenting with cancer (17 month old and 4 years old)

Natasha had a four year old son and seventeen month old daughter when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and here she explains how she talked to her children about her cancer diagnosis and generally managed her parenting while going through cancer. My diagnosis When 

Cancer & pregnancy – Mummy’s Star

Cancer & pregnancy – Mummy’s Star

In this guest blog, Pete Wallroth, founder and CEO of Mummy’s Star talks about why he set up the charity. He also talks about how it can support parents of babies up to the age of 12 months, and those going through pregnancy whilst diagnosed 

Breastfeeding and breast cancer

Breastfeeding and breast cancer

In this guest blog, Kathryn talks about breastfeeding and a cancer diagnosis. One year ago One year ago today (as I write this) I breastfed Grace for the last time.  One year ago today I was told I had cancer.    I remember it so vividly, 

Breast cancer with a three month old baby

Breast cancer with a three month old baby

In this guest blog, Bronwyn talks about being diagnosed with breast cancer with a three month old baby. So where do I start, the having a baby part or the getting diagnosed with breast cancer part. Let’s be honest, the two do not make the 

Cancer diagnosis during pregnancy

Cancer diagnosis during pregnancy

My story of a cancer diagnosis and treatment during pregnancy. I found my lump a week or two before I knew I was pregnant. It was a hard pea size lump just under my skin. I told myself I would keep an eye on it