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Maggie´s launches a Podcast series

The first episode of the podcast series is called “All together now” and contains interviews with several people affected by cancer in various ways - including 16 year olds Emma and Jamie.

Today 4 February is World Cancer Day, which is marked to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. As many of you will know, riprap is part of a larger charity called Maggie’s and to mark the World Cancer Day, Maggie’s is launching Maggie’s Podcast.

In the first episode of the podcast, the BBC broadcaster Victoria Derbyshire – who was diagnosed with cancer last year - explores the isolation that can come with cancer. She also finds out about some of the creative ways that people use to tackling it. The first episode of the podcast series is called “All together now” and contains interviews with several people affected by cancer in various ways.

One of the interviews is with 16 year old Emma and 16 year old Jamie. Emma was 12 when her mum was diagnosed with breast cancer and she has written a book to help other teenagers who are also dealing with cancer in a parent. The book is called “Eek my mummy has Breast Cancer”. Jamie’s mum Monica, sadly died of breast cancer in 2013 and inspired by Emma, Jamie has also written a book which is called “My Mum Monica”.

You can listen to the podcast on Maggie’s website here and you can find out more about Emma and Jamie by visiting their websites (where you can also buy their books if you want). Here’s a link to Emma’s website and here’s a link to Jamie’s website.

We hope that some of this will help you and inspire you and remember that you can always get in touch with us here at riprap is you want to talk about what’s going on in your life…

This article was first published : 4.2.2016

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