Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Don't Suffer Alone - Support Is Available

A report highlighted this week in the EDP revealed that
"nearly a third of newly diagnosed cancer patients a year in Norfolk and Suffolk lack sufficient support during their fight against cancer".

Macmillan Cancer Support surveyed 1,700 cancer patients and over 150 healthcare professionals to produce their Facing the Fight Alone report. They estimate that 1,350 out of 4,450 newly diagnosed cancer patients a year in Norfolk lack support during their cancer treatment and recovery. Very sadly, an estimated 550 people of those will receive "no help whatsoever, facing cancer completely alone."

Star Throwers helps cancer patients through advice and support from knowledgeable professionals and friendly volunteers throughout all stages of their cancer. Although we are proud to have supported over 500 patients this report highlights that there are still many who are struggling to live with their cancer and have not received further support.

Living with cancer often leaves one feeling frightened, stressed and drained. This is amplified even more so when someone goes through it alone. As well as the physical trauma of some cancer treatments the emotional impact is often just as devastating, on both the patient and their family and friends.

But support is available. The EDP produced a supplemental list with their article including the more well known Big C centre in Norwich and Macmillan Cancer Support as well several others across Norfolk and Suffolk.

At Star Throwers many patients have found it beneficial to come to a place of understanding away from a hospital environment.

The most important thing is to seek out support, wherever that may be. 

A lovely quote from Henri J.M. Nouwen (1981), which we read often:
"Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to the place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it. As busy, active, relevant ministers, we want to earn our bread by making a real contribution. This means first and foremost doing something to show that our presence makes a difference. And so we ignore our greatest gift, which is our ability to enter into solidarity with those who suffer. Those who can sit in silence with their fellowman, not knowing what to say but knowing that they should be there, can bring new life in a dying heart. Those who are not afraid to hold a hand in gratitude, to shed tears in grief and to let a sigh of distress arise straight from the heart can break through paralyzing boundaries and witness the birth of a new fellowship, the fellowship of the broken."

Star Throwers - caring for those affected by cancer
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