A blog. What a strange word! Short for weblog …an on-line diary where you can tell the world what you’ve been up to. Blogging – updating your blog, keeping people up to date with what’s going on. The world of the blog is new to me but I’ve volunteered to venture forth into this unknown territory and to attempt to give you some idea of what we all get up to here at YouCan. Perhaps you’ll get to know us a little better and we’ll be able to tell you why we do what we do, why it matters to us and how we want to try and make a difference to young lives that have been affected by cancer.
So, first up …let me introduce you to the team. For now, there’s just the four of us – Natalie, Terrie, Kate and myself (Sarah). We’ll start with Natalie because, in many ways, she’s our inspiration and through her we have seen and understood what a life impacted by cancer looks like. Natalie was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was in her 30s and, as we’ve all known her for a very long time, we have seen why the progress through this particular illness is so often called ‘a journey’. You’re set aboard the ship without map or compass and you’re at the mercy of the elements as you navigate your way to an unknown destination. Some of the storms are mighty rough and it gets lonely at times on that strange sea. But Natalie made it through and life begins again in a new place where she has to find her way again, discovering new things and a new way to live. She knows what it’s like to have lived with cancer, in a way that those that haven’t experienced it can never understand. So now she’s our ‘Captain’ (well, Head of Fundraising …but in our world that’s much the same thing) and we three others the Crew.
We three – Terrie, Kate and myself – all have official sounding titles but in reality we’re pretty much all doing whatever needs to be done. You might find us all manning stalls at a Christmas Fair (as we did in Rochester back in December), one us will be talking to a young person about their experiences with cancer while another is packing up t-shirts to send to a supporter who’s doing a 5km run for us at the weekend or someone will be meeting with a local oncology unit team while another is writing a blog entry (that’ll be me for now!). We’re a busy team and we love what we do.
My instructions for writing this blog are that I should tell you what we’ve been doing, update it regularly and only post interesting things. I can’t help feeling that my appointment as blog author might be slightly flawed. For one, we do so much that actually being able to choose the odd thing to write about is going to be tricky. And what’s interesting? I’m generally fascinated and intrigued by everything so who knows where this project might end up! So bear with me and we’ll wing it together. Already wondering what my next blog entry will be …