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Amanda’s story: Encouraging others to take part

By 11th January 2021 January 12th, 2022 No Comments

Cancer Champion training stood out to me as I’ve been surrounded by cancer in my personal life.

My son, sister and mum had all previously received a cancer diagnosis and in my roles as an Early Help Family Worker and Union representative, I’ve supported people living with and beyond cancer.

I took part in a virtual Cancer Champion awareness session in September 2021. Being able to access an online evening session meant I could fit the training in around my work hours. I was impressed by the training and supporting information provided after the event.

Since learning about the early signs of cancer and how to speak to people about cancer, I’ve been lucky enough to help others. A colleague of mine had mentioned their periods weren’t right and said they felt constantly tired. I encouraged them to speak to their GP and they are now receiving treatment after cancerous cells were found.

When my family members were diagnosed with cancer, my work colleagues had been extremely supportive, so when we were asked to make a pledge at the end of the Cancer Champion training, I instantly knew what mine would be.

I pledged to make sure Hull City Council staff knew about the training and were supported to take part in work hours. I wrote to the CEO and Head of HR to explain how beneficial the training had been and why having at least one Cancer Champion in different sectors of the council, would be beneficial to colleagues.

I’m passionate about supporting family, friends and colleagues to take action against cancer and the Cancer Champion training gives tips on how to spot cancer earlier and how to help improve outcomes locally. I’d recommend that everyone takes part in the training.

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