I have been busy getting another project www.frommetoyouletters.co.uk/ up and running.
When I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2010, my friend Alison offered to write letters to cheer me up. Over the next two years, as my cancer moved from stage III to IV, Alison’s letters kept on coming. The letters became part of my recovery process, while Alison discovered a passion for writing she never knew existed. Four years on, I am still cancer free, Alison is an author, and we now have a relationship that only the term ‘best friends’ can describe. This has inspired us to set up a charity that inspires and encourages people to write to someone who has cancer.
Something as simple as receiving a letter can make the world of difference to a friend, family member or even someone you don't know suffering from cancer. All too often emotional support disappears as patients embark on surgery and treatment, as those close to them just don’t know what to say or how to communicate.
I have been amazed by the reception that this idea has attracted. We run workshops, speak at events and hold letter writing days. As a result I've been busy. But today I realised that I needed to remind myself to look after myself. It's even more important when I am busy to do this. Something that I think I'm doing but I must remind myself constantly the importance of doing this. So I re-engaged with my website and learnt quite a lot!