Living with or caring for someone with cancer can sometimes feel overwhelming, and much of what we are going through can be hidden from view. But connecting with others can help. Sharing experiences and telling our stories can help us find meaning and purpose, they can help us understand others and ourselves.
But how and where do we share our stories, how do we find the words to describe the unexplainable? We hope to create a safe and supportive space where we can share stories and explore how sharing our experiences and listening to others can be helpful.
This virtual session will last about 2 hours with most of the time spent in a small group of up to 6 participants for sharing and listening. At the start we will think about words and give you time to reflect on what you would like to share. We hope through these warm-up activities you will feel able to participate, but you do not need to come with a story prepared, and you may share as much or as little of your experiences as you wish.
We will also find some time to share with you about the research we do and talk about what connects us with cancer through our work and our own stories. What we all share on the day will remain private, and we will ask all participants to respect this, but there will also be an opportunity at the end to hear how your experiences and stories can help support cancer research and how you can be involved further with this if you wish.
To express your interest in attending and to receive more information please fill out this short registration form
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at ICON@lshtm.ac.uk
Acknowledgements: This event has been put together with patient representatives, who have contributed to all aspects of the formation and development of the activity. We extend our gratitude to them for their involvement and support.