Listen up – podcasts tell moving stories of people touched by Maggie’s cancer charity

AUDIO interviews by BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire are the first podcasts created by Newcastle cancer support charity, Maggie’s.

To coincide with World Cancer Day it is launching ‘All Together Now’, the first in a series of inspirational podcasts all about people living with cancer.

“People with cancer really do need more than medicine. Research shows that support, over and above their medical care as well as a chance to meet others who understand how it feels to live with cancer, helps them to deal better with the whole experience.”

Karen Verrill

Centre Head at Maggie’s Newcastle

Featuring interviews by radio and television presenter, Victoria Derbyshire, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year the stories explore isolation from people with cancer and those who have had loved ones experience the disease.

Maggie’s Podcasts have been created by the charity which recognises the need for something more than medicine when undergoing treatment.

Victoria’s interviews are raw and emotional.

One father remembers his daughter who was struggling to come to terms with his diagnosis ask who would be walking her down the aisle and a teacher who had kept the cancer private asked her headteacher to read an honest letter to the staffroom on her return.

Hearing the stories without being able to see the people involved makes the listening experience more personal, and therefore more relevant.

Karen Verrill, Centre Head at Maggie’s Newcastle (main picture above), said: “Maggie’s Newcastle supports people who have, or have had cancer and their family and friends. We help people cope with the impact of their diagnosis, the tough questions, challenging treatments and difficult emotions, such as anxiety, fear, loneliness and isolation.

DIARY: Victoria Derbyshire wore a cold cap during her first chemotherapy session which she documented in a video diary for the BBC.

DIARY: Victoria Derbyshire wore a cold cap during her first chemotherapy session which she documented in a video diary for the BBC.

INSPIRING: BBC radio and television presenter, Victoria Derbyshire, hosts the first Maggie's Podcast.

INSPIRING: BBC radio and television presenter, Victoria Derbyshire, hosts the first Maggie’s Podcast.

 

 

 

“People with cancer really do need more than medicine. Research shows that support, over and above their medical care as well as a chance to meet others who understand how it feels to live with cancer, helps them to deal better with the whole experience.”

New research conducted by One Poll on behalf of Maggie’s shows that;

  • 87% of people with cancer living in the North-East worried about how their family and friends were coping whilst they were receiving treatment
  • 51% who have seen a loved one experience cancer say they tried to put on a brave fac
  • 32% refused to address the problem, saying they were either in denial or tried to forget what was happening
  • 75% of people in the North-East believe that there needs to be more support for those supporting cancer patients
  • 75% of cancer patients say they felt their treatment would have been more manageable if they’d had more support outside of medical realms.

The Victoria Derbyshire podcast is available to download from the Maggie’s website from today, February 4, here:   http://www.maggiescentres.org/podcast

Further podcasts in the series will be available throughout the year, each with a focus on a different aspect of living well with cancer including Food My Mother Taught Me, which will explore family and nutrition, Come Into The Garden, showing the healing power of gardening, and Maggie’s Men’s Hour, offering real stories from men affected by cancer.

The first Maggie’s centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996, the charity which relies on voluntary donations now has 18 centres across the UK, online and abroad, with more planned for the future.

“Through the support of our professionally qualified staff and the opportunity within our Centre to meet people in a similar situation, we aim to help them live well with cancer,” Karen added. “By launching our new series of inspirational podcasts we hope that more people affected by cancer can find the support they need at a time when they need it most.”

As well as listening to the Maggie’s Podcast you can follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #morethanmedicine.

CONTACT: 

Maggie’s Newcastle website: http://www.maggiescentres.org/newcastle
Facebook: facebook.com/MaggiesNewcastle

Twitter @maggies using the hashtag #MoreThanMedicine

To find out more about Maggie’s Newcastle and to see how the Centre supports people with cancer across the North East and Cumbria please visit the Centre at the Freeman Hospital or call 0191-233 6600.

 

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