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It has come to our attention that a community member going by the name of Anna Johns is in fact a girl named Abbie who fabricated her story. Anna Johns has now been removed from the site.
She has posted a message to a Facebook group accusing her of being a fake to confirm this:
I am so sorry to those of you who have spent time talking to, supporting and crying for Anna and her family.
Personally I was taken in by this story too. But I would always rather be tricked because I am too trusting, than fail to support someone who genuinely needs it because I am not trusting enough.
***I would like to take this opportunity to remind you all NEVER to share personal details, send money or swap Facebook account details. I would suggest that you never even tell people your real name.***
The person who has done this deserves our sympathy. Munchausen's by internet is a recognised condition and I hope that Abbie gets the help she needs. You may find this article in the Guardian helpful to explain a little about the thinking behind something like this.
We take your security very seriously on this site, but there is very little that we could put in place to prevent someone who is determined enough to create an entire false life from joining the site. You can protect yourselves by not sharing your contact details, however sure you are that someone is real and needs your help.
You can offer plenty of support via the Community site, and also remain totally safe and secure.
Once again, I understand how much sadness, disappointment and anger there will be around this, but please do not let it distract you from the main purpose of the site which is supporting each other. You all do such a fantastic job and it would be so sad if something like this managed to ruin that.
I cant believe that charly didnt exist
I came out of hospital last wednesday after a two week stay as I collapsed whilst on my way to
radiotherapy, when i looked on mac site to find out charly had died I was so upset, cried my eyes out
why??? how could anyone make up a story like this and keep it going for two years?
I told friends who arent on mac site about her, and how brave her mum was, and hoping that the french
doctors would be able to help her, she was real to me, to alot of us, i still cant get my head around it
HELLO IT IS CHARLIE AND LILY HERE, I AM SAT HER AT NEARLY 5 IN THE MORNING AND NOT REALLY KNOWING HOW TO BLOG MANY PEOPLE AS I NEVER SEEM TO GET ANY BACK, BUT I AM JUST ABSOLUTELY SHOCKED THAT ANYONE WOULD WANT TO DO SUCH A THING! TO SOME OF US, THIS COMMUNITY ONLINE HELP IS....THERAPY. I KNOW IT IS FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND IS LAYING A FEW YARDS AWAY AFTER HAVING BOWEL CANCER AND 6 MONTHS OF CHEMO...WHICH FINISHES, WITH PICC LINE BEING REMOVED ON FRIDAY......YIPEEEEEE.. I JUST WANT TO SAY TO YOU ALL . PLEASE KEEP WRITING YOUR BLOGS AND LET US HOPE THAT WE WILL ALL SEE POSITIVITY GROW EVEN MORE, MY DARLING HUB IS SO GOOD ANEVER HAS MOANED ONCE ABOUT EMPTYING HIS STOMA BAG 3 TIMES A NIGHT AND NEVER MAONS ABOUT HIS P.I.C.C. LINE EMBEDDED IN HIS LOVELY SLIM NEW ARMS. YES HE GETS GRUMPY, YES HE GETS SO VERY TIRED, BUT HE IS STRONG MINDED, AND VERY POSITIVE THINKING AND THAT IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME. THERE ARE A FUNNY FEW THINGS THAT HE HAS DONE WITHIN THE LST COUPLE OF MONTHS BUT THE SILLIEST THING THAT HE DOES IS TO REMOVE EVERYTHING OUT OF THE DISHWASHER AND WASH IT UP....BECAUSE ...IT KEEPS HIM BUSY,,,THAT IS THE ANSWER TO HIS SUCCESS OF STAYING SO ...O.K. AND STRONG AND I AM ALWAYS BEING ASKED IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT I WANT DOING... WELL, YES, I HAVE AWFUL ARTHRITIC HANDS AND HE HAS SEWED BUTTONS ON FOR ME, DOES THE IRONING AND SOMETIMES HE CAN COOK A ROAST DINNER BETTER THAN ME.....HIS THOUGHTS OF COURSE!!! Ha ha . B U T HOW DO YOU THINK I FELT WHEN I LEFT HIM AT HOME ONE AFTERNOON TO POP TO SEE MY DOCTOR, WHEN I ARRIVED BACK HOME....YES HE HAD .....WAIT FOR THIS ONE LADIES AND ....GENTS....DO NOT DO IT....HE HAD COLOUR CO-ORDINATED MY WARDROBE OF LL MY CLOTHES..........ha ha ha ha NO!!!!! I CANNOT FIND A THING BUT I SHALL NEVER FOGET HIS FACEC HE THOUGHT IT WAS SUCH A GOOD IDEA!!! I WAS RUDDY FUMING...FOR 5 MINUTES. I WAS INFORMED THAT THIS CHEMO 5FU WOULD MAKE HIM GO A LITTLE LOOPY POSSIBLY AND FORGET THINGS, BUT HE IS BUZZING ALL THE TIME WANTING THINGS TO DO.....ROLL ON THE SUMMER WHEN HIS REVERSAL WILL AL BE OVER AND HE CAN ONCE AGAIN HAVE ANOTHER OPERATION AND THEN ... FINGERS CROSSED NO MORE CANCER, NO MORE STOMA BAG YIPEEEEEEEE. AND A SNUGGLE UP WITHOUT A MR SLEEPY, BY MY SIDE, AND I CANNOT SLEEP AT ALL BECAUSE I AM SO NERVOUS THAT HE MAY GET DEHYDRATED AND NOT DRINK ENOUGH, WHERE HE ENDED UP HAVING A 2 OR 3 DAY VISIT INTO A & E IN OCTOBER FOR NOT DRINKING AND EATING ENOUGH. SO NOW I WAKE HIM TO DO HIS BAG, IF I THINK HE HAS.NT DONE IT AND THEN FORCE- FEED HIM WATER WHENEVER HE GETS BACK INTO BED. GOD , I LOVE THIS MAN AND MY GOLLY HE AIN'T GOING NOWHERE. HE IS STRONG, POSITIVE AND HAS BEEN WITH ME THROUGH 38 YEARS OF VERY ROUGH TIMES WITH FAMILY HEALTH, HE EVEN HELPED NURSE MUM WITH MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE THE FIRST5 YEARS OF OUR MARRIAGE WERE EXTREMELY SAD AND ...YES THIS CANCER IS grrrrrrrrrrruesome, BUT THERE ARE SO MANY LOVELY PEOPLE OUT THERE AND NURSES, AND DOCTORS AND ADMIN STAFF AND CLEANERS AND COOKS AND RESTAURANT STAFF AND THEY ALL EVERYONE OF THEM HAVE A SMILE TO OFFER WHEN YOU GO TO THE BEACON CENTRE OR ANYWHERE YOU GO. I KNOW IT SEEMS LIKE IT ...IS NEVER GOING TO END AND BELIEVE ME...I GRIZZLE WITH THE REST OF YOU. BUT THAT IS NOT A BAD THING.... SO HEY HO LET US ALL KEEP A SMILE ON OUR FACE FOR THE LOVED ONES WHO ARE GOING THROUGH ALL THIS "F I G H T " for THEIR LIVES. WITHOUT MY HUSBAND, AND ALL OF YOU LOVELY PEOPLE I WOULD NOT SURVIVE THE" TRAUMATIC FRIDAYS" AS I CALL THEM , AS I KNOW HE HAS BEEN PUMPED WITH THE CHEMO THAT REACHES ALL OTHER CELLS THAT MAKE HIM EXTREMELY MR GRUMPY WITH NOT MUCH OF A SMILE, BUT...HE NEVER MOANS ABOUT HIS STOMA-BAG....I WOULD........HE NEVER LETS THAT AWFUL CANNULA THINGY ...GET HIM DOWN..I COULD NOT STAND THAT...I WOULD AGAIN BE GRUMPY..........SO COME ON GENTLEMEN, WHEN YOU SEE YOUR MISSUS PUT THE HER MARIGOLDS ON TO DO THE WASHING UP OR GET THE IRONING OUT, TRY AND DO YOUR BIT....BUT PLEEEEEEEEASE LEAVE HER WARDROBES ALONE......ha ha. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND I HOPE YOU ALL HAD A FAIRLY GOOD NIGH AND THAT THE SPRING WILL BE HERE AND THEN THE SUMMER.....mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Night night from me, CharlieandLily. who were our 2 Border Collie Dogs that we have had to put to sleep over the last 6 months.....still absolutely hearte broken. THEY WERE OUR FAMILY. NOW IN DOGGY HEAVEN. x x always remembered on this blog site though....and we will start taking in othr people's doggies when they go on Holiday, and hopefully do this when' MR WONDERFUL' HAS DECIDED THAT HE IS FED UP WITH DOING AS MUCH HOUSEWORK AS POSS..............VERY FUNNY REALLY , HE HAD NEVER IRONED ANYTHING BEFORE, BUT I DON'T THINK HE WILL BE TAKING IN IRONING FOR A HIS RETIREMENT. HE PREFERS DOG WALKING AND AFTER ALL THEY ARE JUST THE SAME AS US........BUT THEY DO NOT NAG, SO I'VE BEEN TOLD. CAN'T THINK WHAT HE'S ON ABOUT....BYE BYE EVERYONE FOR TODAY . PLEASE COME AND SPEAK TO us...CHARLIE AND LILY SOON. I AM NOT TOO SURE HOW THESE BLOGS WORK AS I AM NOT AT ALL TRAINED TO USE ONE OF THESE MACHINES, HOWEVER I KEEP SENDING LITTLE MESSAGES OUT TO THOSE WHO HAVE SAID THEY WOULD BEFRIEND ME, HERE'S WHERE I GET STUCK. I SHALL HAVE TO PHONE UP THE FAB ADMIN TEAM AND ASK THEM, IN BETWEEN GETTNG LL MY BLUE JEANS OUT OF THE WHITE WASHING..........aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... go to work Darling.......a.s.a.p. FULL TIME PLEASE.....i joke, of course!!!!!!!!xx CHINS TO BE KEPT UP AND GIVE SOMEONE A SMILE AND YOU'LL GET ONE BACK IF YOUR'E LUCKY - IT WILL BRIGHTEN UP YOUR DAY AND THOUGHTS.....I MUST GO TO BED. I am now exhausted but I hope that lady never comes on this site again. AS VICTOR MELDREW WOULD SAY...I DON'T BELIEVE IT!!!
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