You've told us that receiving your cancer diagnosis can result in a whirlwind of emotions. You're in unchartered waters, navigating unknown terrain, all whilst trying to hold onto who you are.

That's why on Mon 1st August we'll be Lifting the Lid on LIVING with cancer. 

Bringing you a safe space to chat honestly about everything. Our awesome panel won't be sugar coating things - zero toxic positivity emissions zone. From all the feels you may go through, to coping with thoughts of what could, should and might have been. We'll bring you insight and advice on how to (still) live your best life, not forgetting to keep you at the centre of it all and reminding you that it's ok to grieve any and all of the above.

We've invited three incredible people from our community to talk about their experiences, struggles and how they're LIVING life to the full. Laura and Natalie are both living with Stage 4 cancer, Sukhy who has diagnosed with breast cancer and has had a mastectomy with implants and Jake who's had osteosarcoma and has had his right leg and pelvis amputated. We've also got the awesome Cate Darlison, Clinical Nurse Specialist, joining to lend us her huge expertise gained from supporting many patients in their 20s or 30s living with cancer.

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We'd love to hear from you about how you found the event and what you found helpful:

    Meet Your Host:

    Toby is a theatre maker who had Hodgkin's Lymphoma at 19 and 21. He created a critically acclaimed theatre show about his experience called 'The Eulogy of Toby Peach.' His follow-up 'The Other Side of A Hurricane' explored the world of remission and whether moving forward is achievable with a fellow young patient and theatre-maker, Grace Gibson.

    Meet Your Panellists:

    Cate Darlison is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust. We've worked with her many times before, she even joined us for one of our Trekstock Talk series. We're excited to have her back joining us for this event to chat about her expertise of working with those in their 20s or 30s living with and beyond cancer.

    Jake is 29 and was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in March 2020. After 6 months of scans and misdiagnosis his femur shattered, and the resulting surgery confirmed the diagnosis. To treat the cancer, he's had six cycles of chemo (MAP), with his right leg and pelvis amputated after the second cycle. After finishing treatment in March 2021 he's been training and fundraising to start competing in para-swimming, para-triathlon, and wheelchair racing with his eyes set on the 2024 Paralympics.

    Sukhy is 38 and was diagnosed with hormone positive breast cancer in Dec 2019. She's had a mastectomy with an implant followed by 6 rounds of chemo and 15 rounds of radiotherapy. As well as, undergoing a lift on her non-cancerous breast and, just three months later, DIEP surgery. She is currently on hormone therapy for the next 7 years after which she'll have her ovaries removed. She's a single mum and from a community that heavily places blame of someone’s illness on their actions and choices. And is still trying to navigate her post cancer body.

    "I think this event will help to highlight that there is no ‘going back to normal’ after cancer and trying to find a balance in your life can be tricky; especially when you have - multitude of side effects to live with on a daily basis."

    Laura is 33 years old and living with stage 4 breast cancer. She co-founded @secondary.sisters just over 2 years ago to help open up the conversation around life living with a cancer diagnosis and is very passionate about awareness of breast cancer for those in their 20s or 30s after her original diagnosis when she was only 25.

    Natalie is 40 years old and was diagnosed with advanced and inoperable cancer of her bowel at 36. She's had chemo, radiotherapy and had Pelvic Exenteration surgery in August 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, to remove her ovaries, fallopian tubes, womb, cervix, vagina, rectum, anus, part of her spine, the bone of her left pelvic sidewall, left piriformis and part of her left ureter and bladder. 

    "This event is so important because when I was initially told about my surgery and the implications it would have on my life as a young woman, I thought my life was over, I thought my quality of life would be so poor it wouldn’t be worth me surviving… and yes, it’s a very different life now, but I am so passionate about showing people it is possible to truly live and embrace life after such a catastrophic surgery, after a cancer diagnosis, and it is possible to do better than you or others ever thought you could." 

    Booking for this event has now closed.