Hi everyone,

Here's my monthly update on what's been happening in the world of the Digi Nurse.Ellen, the Digi Nurse

I'm sending a warm welcome to all our new members - over 2,500 of you in January! I can appreciate that it's not a community that you would want to join, but now that you're here I hope you find helpful support and advice.

I thought I would take the chance to promote our Ask a Nurse section. This is an area where you can post your question about cancer to myself or one of my colleagues. We aim to get back to you within two working days. There are other health professionals in our Ask an Expert section, too. We are all happy to help and support you in any way that we can.

Michael and Jess (from the Online Community team) came to my hometown of Glasgow to look at ways we can provide other layers of support throughout the year. The weather was grim and the snow was causing chaos, but they both managed to get here all the way from London. However, on the other hand, for those of us who live less than 30 minutes from Glasgow city centre, it would have been easier to get to work if we were travelling from over the border!

Let me share some of the things we are planning to do over the coming month. In February, we have chosen to focus on cervical cancer. This will give anyone who has questions about this type of cancer the opportunity to ask a team of people. So far there's myself, Charlotte (our radiographer who specialises in gynaecological radiotherapy), Harpreet (our pharmacist), and Cath (one of our physios). You can post your questions in our Ask about cervical cancer section.

We want to support some of the rarer cancers, too. So, throughout the year we will be posting and letting you know what other themes we are doing. We will also let you know of any Facebook Q&A sessions I will be participating in. For those of you who may have a question about bile duct or primary liver cancers, I have already booked a session for 14th February between 12-1pm. Please feel free to join Kate (one of our Information Nurse Managers) and myself on the Macmillan Facebook page. We would be happy to support you.

Best wishes and take care,

Ellen - Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist

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