Avril Chester - the IT genius behind Cancer Central - on her inspiration to create a one-stop shop for cancer services

 

For this month of September, I have some real treats lined up for you here! 

It’s been a real pleasure to interview a range of different people who are all doing incredible things in this world with their gifts, and all because of their experience with cancer - either their own or that of a family member. 

Get ready to be inspired…

First up, we have the amazing Avril Chester from Cancer Central - a groundbreaking and award-winning new digital platform providing a central source of information for those affected by cancer and those who care for them. If you have a question, or want to find local services, Cancer Central is THE place to go. 

Ave (the AI bot who answers your questions) is constantly learning and evolving - with every question she is asked, she learns and develops better search capabilities, so every day Cancer Central becomes a more and more powerful resource.

Founder and creator, Avril Chester, tells us about how it all began, her biggest...

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Talaya Dendy - on how to find a healthy and happy life after cancer

 

Life can seem so unfair at times.

Why is it that some of the most beautiful, kind and big-hearted people are the ones who get cancer?

I used to think like this - in fact, I used to be quite one-dimensional in my thoughts about suffering in this world.

That is, until I met a family who flipped this notion on its head. This family taught me what it truly meant to rejoice in all circumstances, even through suffering.

And since then, I’ve had the honour of getting to know many different people whose attitude to sickness, suffering and life’s big disappointments have totally blown me away.

Including the guest on this week’s interview.

It is my absolute pleasure to share with you an interview with the lovely Talaya Dendy of On The Other Side.

Talaya was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and has spent a lot of time reflecting on how her mindset has impacted her healing journey. This year sees her celebrating her 8th cancer-free anniversary, and here she...

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Petra O’Hara - breast cancer champion - on socks, cheeky pants and the greatest lesson having cancer taught her

 

This week I had the absolute joy and pleasure of interviewing the hilarious Petra O’Hara. I met Petra recently at a business “discovery day” session and I instantly warmed to her infectious personality and knew right away I had to interview her and share her story with you all.

Petra was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago, and describes this episode in her life as “the best thing that’s ever happened to me”. She talks candidly about her frustrations and fears, things that irked her, and how she used her incredible sense of humour to get her through the tough times.

Click on the video above to watch our interview and be inspired by the belief that her cancer experience brought her to: NOTHING is unattainable.

Go ahead and grasp the nettle!

Be the BEST version of your professional self

No one gets into this line of work with selfish ambition and an hollow tin chest! I’ll bet you are a giver to your CORE.

But we’re all human and...

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Erica Beven, founder of Blinking Thinking, on her plight to find a pH neutral shampoo

 

To continue our theme of sharing inspiring stories, this week I’m delighted to share the story of the lovely Erica Beven, founder of Blinking Thinking, which has quite literally done all the blinking thinking for you when it comes to choosing beauty and hygiene products that are safe to use during chemotherapy.

Erica and I connected on Instagram back in March this year, and I knew instantly that I wanted to share her story with you. I am truly inspired by people like Erica who create something beautiful out of something as “ugly” as cancer.

Erica was diagnosed with breast cancer when her daughters were 6 months and 5 years old. Having been told she had to use a pH neutral shampoo, Erica found herself standing in her local pharmacy just one hour after her first chemotherapy treatment. Overwhelmed by the choice of shampoos on the shelves, of which none appeared to be pH neutral, she went home empty handed.

Fast forward a few years and Erica has channeled her energies...

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How Sophie Trew created a legacy out of her own cancer experience

 

This month, I have the honour and privilege of sharing the inspiring stories of three formidable women who display unimaginable courage.

We kick off this series with none other than the amazing Sophie Trew!

Sophie was diagnosed with a blood cancer when she was just 23 years old. As a journalism graduate who knew nothing about cancer or its causes, she called upon all her research skills she’d developed as a student and delved into the world of integrative cancer therapy.

This incredible young woman built her own integrative recovery plan alongside her chemotherapy regime and within four months, her scans were clear and she embarked on a quest to learn how to heal her mind, body and spirit.

Fuelled by Sophie’s dreams and ambitions to bring together people in the cancer community who inspired her recovery, Trew Fields was born: the UK’s first Cancer Awareness festival and a legacy to those Sophie knew who died of the disease. Trew Fields represented a place to give...

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