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Caring with Cancer

Updated: Mar 16, 2021

Ry represents Carers at the Improving Cancer Journey Launch

We partnered with MacMillan and Powys County Council in the formative stages of the Improving Cancer Journey. Lessons from Scotland had indicated that raising awareness for the support need for Carers looking after someone with cancer was a vital learning point. As such, we were fortunate to be able to support the launch of this project in Powys and raise awareness of caring with cancer.

Ry has used her voice to help improve the journey for those who care with cancer. Ry had supported her husband through his terminal diagnosis of cancer. She remains determined to shed light on this often taboo subject with the hope that her voice, experience and learnings may support other Carers in a similar role. During the launch, Ry provided her insights into caring with cancer:

What is important for people to understand about Carers when they are ‘treating and supporting’ people with cancer?

How stressful, challenging and draining it is physically and mentally. Carers are walking on glass, quietly advocating when necessary but mostly watching from the side lines, keeping the show on the road – transport to appointments, meals and shopping, calmly running the home and liaising with medical profession making sure all necessary treatment/medication is available and also planning pleasant distractions when appropriate. Desperately trying to say and do the right thing for the person you are caring for. My family observed that I had no capacity to do anything else – I was totally focussed on Paul and his needs – I felt very protective of him. I knew because of his terminal diagnosis that he should only pursue treatment that did not destroy his quality of life in the short time he had left. He just had radiotherapy.