We dedicate this post to the late comedy great, Caroline Aherne, who has sadly died of cancer. Caroline has been making the nation laugh for nearly 30 years with unforgettable characters Mrs Merton and Denise Royle, and most recently as the voice of Channel 4's hugely popular Gogglebox. Our thoughts today are with Caroline's family, friends and colleagues.
“When I was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, my world was turned upside down. Since then, I’ve had surgery and radiotherapy, and I’m now half way through six months of chemotherapy. The treatment has been gruelling, with days when I haven't been able to get out of bed. But my little girl’s smile keeps me going. She is such a kind, caring, beautiful girl and I'm so proud of her. When the chemo makes me so ill I can't get out of bed, I wake up to find her stroking my face. She also fetches me glasses of water, runs up the stairs to get me things when I can't manage it and makes sure I'm warm enough by getting me blankets. She was worried when she saw the big scar on my head but still gave me a massive cuddle. I just want to see my lovely little girl grow up. They don't know if the chemo will do anything but if there is a chance it will buy me more time with her, then I have to give it a try. My cancer might be terminal but my love for my baby girl keeps me strong. I will fight this for her and hope that soon we will find cures for this awful disease.” This is #CancerRightNow for Jay and his family.
“I’m trying out different looks after losing my hair due to the chemotherapy I’m having for breast cancer.” This is #CancerRightNow for Helen, 50, from the West Midlands. Our campaign shows how cancer means different things to different people. Take a look at our gallery here, http://po.st/Qmtun7, and share with us what cancer means to you right now.
“Sometimes I worry I won’t be able to stay with her for as long as I want to. I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 34 weeks pregnant with my daughter, Ivy. Thankfully, I’m now in remission. People think you move on after chemo finishes, but the fear of a recurrence can be so debilitating. Thoughts like this creep in every once in a while, but I mainly spend my days laughing hysterically at Ivy, now two and a half years old. I’m so thankful to advances in cancer research for life, and for time.” We want to thank Roisin for sharing her #CancerRightNow. Head to our website to see more stories: http://po.st/GYL1Fw
“On Christmas Day two years ago, I was in hospital having treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. I’m now in the final phase of my treatment, which is due to finish two weeks before my 18th birthday. I’ve always been quite laid back, but I think having cancer has made me even more relaxed. It’s made me realise that a lot of the things people worry about aren’t that important, and it’s made me less worried about things I can’t change.” After spending so much time in hospital, Dan’s decided to apply for medical school next year so he can become a doctor. We want to wish Dan, his family, and all of our incredible supporters a very merry Christmas!