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Welcome to The Source

Sometimes it's hard to know what to say, or how to help when a friend or family member has cancer.

The Source is a collection of simple, practical tips from people who've been there.

Because no one should face cancer alone.

Browse tips from people who have first-hand experience supporting loved ones with cancer. Or register to save your favourite tips and share your own advice to help others.

Humour is ok....

When my best friend was going through her treatment I tried to keep things as real as possible for her and between us. The last thing somebody needs is seriousness all the time and people surrounding them with grey clouds when actually, making them laugh and keeping things as normal as possible can work a treat. At the end of the day, she is still my best friend and the same girl I grew up with. I knew what I could get away with! Her cancer was not going to change that. It had no chance x

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Don't hide in your shell

Recently I forgot to talk to those who've helped me through my illness. I hid away from everyone when I was going through a tough time. I should have known that going through a bad time was what my friends and family were there to support me for. Having a coffee with a mate and opening up really helped me to see I can't do this by myself. So, if you're feeling lonely and down, just "YELL" loudly, you're friends will hear.

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The Prayer

When I lost both of My Gran's to Cancer my Mum's side in 2006 and Dad's side 2015 it totally destroyed me and still makes me feel sad sometimes but not as bad as it did, It's lead me to do a book about my life called Life's complications on the emotional rollercoaster due to autism/depression/berevement etc, what i think helps is when i can get my gran's into my mind and talk to them from in my mind. anyone wanting a copy of my book or wanting to see my writing work can msg me on this site.

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Offering help and advice?

Remember that the person you are offering help or advice to is still the same person as they were before their diagnosis. If they were very independent before diagnosis, they may be struggling with the lack of control they now have of their life with all the appointments and treatments. So offer the help but don't keep going on about it. I certainly appreciate all the offers, but need to be allowed to do what I can when I can. But it's great to know folks are there

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