Yesterday evening I attended The Other Palace theatre for a very interesting presentation made by Ms Victoria Derbyshire about her journey through cancer. The presentation was funny, engaging, respectful, and very human.

She talked about her diary, which she keeps since she was a young girl, and how this diary became a crucial ally in her life while affected by cancer in 2015.  She reflected on how the illness, particularly the cancer treatment, impacted her, and how she has managed to overcome it. She also talked to the audience about the important role of a project taking shape recently; an organisation she is sponsoring, the “You Can – Youth Cancer Support”, helping young people to deal with the difficulties of cancer at that early age.

One of the things that she emphasised in her conversation was how grateful she is to the NHS and to each one of the doctors and nurses that supported her throughout at the NHS. She insisted in the importance of the human beings working for this wonderful and crucial organisation. She advocated for our full awareness and commitment towards the NHS’ invaluable role in the country… with which I utterly agree.

Her presentation made evident how relevant a loving and supportive environment is for a person with cancer; In her case, this was her partner, her beautiful two boys, and the recent puppy completing the family group. She talked about her friends and all the people that added to her list of followers via Twitter and video diaries. She also mentioned the importance of having a friendly platform at work at the BBC, both during and after her treatment.

At a time when more and more people are diagnosed with cancer, it is fundamental for society to hear about good experiences and practices that could help to alleviate the burden of this illness. Ms Derbyshire is making an important contribution with her book (“Dear Cancer, Love, Victoria.”), with her assistance to a meaningful organisation as You Can, and by talking in public about her experience.

Not all cancer patients are as lucky as she has been. Precisely because of that, we are very grateful to you for sharing with us, Victoria! We hope that we can do more to help Charities, the NHS, carers and patients… we want to make employers more aware of their role in this journey too, and you being part of the BBC can definitely help society as a whole. Big thanks!

 

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