Today, November 21st, is World Hello Day – a day to promote peace, bridge barriers and make a difference to someone’s day through a simple ‘hello’. To recognise the World Hello Day, I thought it’d be a great idea to put a Macmillan spin on the day by sharing a couple of soundbites and pieces of feedback for the Community that illustrate how a simple greeting and the friendliness of one user to another – someone they’ve never met before, can have a huge impact on someones life and really help them with whatever difficulties they might be facing.

So sit back, take a pew and enjoy – and if you’ve had any similar experiences on the Community, go ahead and share them in the comments below.

 “I am so proud of how far we have all come. It was difficult to see the light at the beginning but we all kept each other moving in the right direction and made it out the other side albeit, with crossed fingers and slightly holding our breath.” 

“Wow…I was not prepared for all the lovely posts and advice that I have received. I felt so alone with this, as I don’t know anybody who has gone through this…I will certainly keep visiting the site for the support, the humour and the positive outlooks…a sincere thank you from the bottom of my heart as I don’t feel quite so alone now.” 

“I’ve been reading this thread with interest and would like to say if it hadn’t of been for this bunch of wonderful people on this site I think I would have gone mad months ago...this site is where you can get rid of all the bad stuff running through your head and celebrate the good s**t with people you may never meet but will never forget.” 

“Best wishes to all. Rily, two years ago when I posted around 2am just before my 69th birthday your reply gave me such strength to be the support my husband needed, and Sue – following your journey gave us both hope.” 

“You lot have sustained me through the past few months with your humour, honesty and warmth. Please don't be sad, be glad that there is so much kindness and love in the world.” 

“To me at this moment you seem like a guardian angel as I am sitting here at 4.23am, Sunday morning NZ time and I just can't cope with all what's going on with me!” 

“I know not everyone has my results, but I know that the support you get here and the support I have at home would get me through anything.'

“Thank you to everyone in this lovely community for the genuine kindness and support – it really is a very special place.” 

 “I am so proud of how far we have all come. It was difficult to see the light at the beginning but we all kept each other moving in the right direction and made it out the other side albeit, with crossed fingers and slightly holding our breath.” 

“Your post is truly positive and very kind...sometimes it needs another person to show you that you’re looking at something from the wrong angle – maybe there is room in my life for ‘firsts’ rather than ‘lasts’ despite how difficult it may be.”

“This group is amazing. I'd have gone bats**t crazy without them. Even just reading stuff and not being actively involved has helped a lot. Made me feel less alone. Don't get me wrong. Family, friends, work. All great. But this feels like home when I'm getting all up in my head with the BC.”

 “The only time I reached out online was in the middle of the night when I had no one to turn to and some lovely person answered my question and offered the advice I needed to help my son who was in so much pain. They were truly my angel that night.”

 “Thank you for being there. My wife died from cancer a few weeks ago and I had her funeral last week. It is all too raw, but I hope to be able to give back a bit of what I have gained from the forums over the last 6 months. Thank you.”


New to the Online Community, but a little unsure about where to start? Then our New to the site group is for you - simply join the group, tell us what brings you to the Community, and someone will be there to welcome you and point you in the right direction.

Keep an eye out for our Community Champions too, our dedicated team of volunteers who ensure our members are comfortable and supported on the Community, and share tips and advice on which groups might be best to join.