Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

Cancer can be the loneliest place – reach out to a friend or loved one with cancer today

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I’ve just come across the newest short film from our partner Macmillan Cancer Support and really feel the need to share it. It graphically illustrates the all encompassing loneliness that cancer can cause.

 

This is why we recruit, train and support older people who’ve been affected by cancer to become peer advocates. Their experience of “what it’s like” is a powerful way to reach out and offer support to others who’re now experiencing the same thing. If you know someone affected by cancer, please do reach out. It can be difficult to find the right words sometimes but just trying can make a difference.

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Marie McWilliams, OPAAL

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Author: Marie McWilliams

OPAAL's National Development Officer

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