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This is a place where you can read about everything that's happening on Macmillan's Community. From guest stories, to sharing awareness months, here is where you'll hear about all of the latest from Macmillan's Community. This blog is run by Macmillan's Community Team.

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  • Cancer & me 35 years on - Vol 10 'A Chance encounter'

    'Cancer & me 35 years on, Vol 10' written over a photograph of lots of tubes of paints and paintbrushes laid out on a wooden table.

    We are back today with a further instalment of Willo's blog series 'Cancer & me 35 years on.' Willo is a member of our Community who was diagnosed with Anal cancer in 1986 while living in Zambia and has been sharing her experience of life post diagnosis, as well as her amazing artwork, in her blog series with us.

    So far Willo has covered her experience of moving back to England for treatment, her Br…

    • 5 Apr 2021
  • Let's talk about treatment: sinus cancer and surgery.

    A black and white portrait image of Dan, wearing a patch over one eye.

    Dan (pictured above), known on the site as Defiantlydisfigured, was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in the ethmoid sinus in 2012, which is a very rare type of cancer. He underwent surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Dan found support from sharing his story online in blog posts and on social media, and he continues to raise awareness for facial cancers.

    I was 34 and told that I had a large tumour growing inside…

    • 5 Apr 2021
  • “I was diagnosed at 24” - Sophie’s story

    "Sophie's story" written over a picture of Sophie before surgery, and four months after her surgery.

    Image: Sophie (left) just after being discharged from hospital, and Sophie (right) 4 months after surgery.

    Sophie found out that she had the BRCA2 gene mutation at 24, which increases the risks for certain cancers. Sophie opted to have a double mastectomy, as a preventative surgery. In her guest blog today, Sophie talks about her decision, navigating the healthcare system and finding support.

    I’m Sophie, 28 years old…

    • 31 Mar 2021