However, in this day and age where we have social media 24 hours a day, stories of cancer seems to be everywhere. So do we really need a week of events to make us make us talk about it even more?
Maybe its not when we talk but what we talk about that really matters. Talking about a cancer diagnosis and treatment is good for raising awareness but something that is often overlooked and not very often talked about it the emotional and psychological side effects of cancer. That is still something that is difficult for many cancer patients to talk about. We are often just expected to put on a brave face and get on with it.
It can be even harder after your treatment has ended, when family and friends expect you to return to normal and get on with your life. How can you explain to them how you feel? Would they even understand if you tried?
So you keep it all locked up side; eating away at you. Getting depressed, maybe resorting to unhealthy habits like alcohol to help numb the feelings of isolation and depression.
So yes, we do need to talk about cancer, not just the physical issues but the emotional issues aswell.
Cancer patients can only hope to fully recover if all aspects of their physical and emotional well being are looked after.
So this week, please join in with Macmillan's Cancer Talk Week but keep on talking, day after day; week after week.
As Macmillan's latest campaign says - No one should fight cancer alone.
xx Kaz xx