Cancer society praises INM's 'Living With Cancer' series
Published 20/09/2015 | 02:30
The Irish Cancer Society has praised Independent News & Media's week-long 'Living With Cancer' series.
Spokeswoman Grainne O'Rourke described the coverage as "phenomenal" and a major step forward in the drive to inform the public about cancer.
"The incidence of cancer is going up but recovery rates are improving as are the treatments. We need not be afraid to talk about cancer and Independent News & Media's excellent coverage has been a hugely valuable initiative to get that conversation going," she said.
She added that the initiative has helped explode some of the myths surrounding the disease and highlighted major advances in treatment.
All titles in the media group, the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent and The Herald as well as the digital platform independent.ie carried a series of interviews and articles.
Last week in the Sunday Independent, Brighid McLaughlin struck a particular chord with readers with her unsentimental and brutally honest account of living with cancer and surviving it.
The series concludes at a time when new figures show Ireland's increasing cancer survival rate, with most people living at least 10 years after diagnosis.
However, there is a warning in the latest figures about our lower-than-average rates for surviving the disease when it is found at a later stage. Four out of five people who are diagnosed with skin or prostate cancer in Ireland can now expect to be alive 10 years later.
Several people shared their own stories on our digital platform Independent.ie last week, including Irish teenager Shan Tynan who wrote an honest and raw piece on her own ongoing battle with a rare autoimmune cancer called histiocytosis X.
"It's when you're on the floor in the bathroom resting your face on a toilet seat with your mam rubbing your back that you feel these moments of sheer weakness (by the way the rubbing doesn't help but you know she's trying to comfort you)," Shan wrote.
"It's these moments of sheer weakness that truly make you angry at this disease. It's then when you feel totally helpless and know you're sick."
Readers also heard from a mother's perspective on life after she lost her daughter to cervical cancer at just 23 years of age.
"You know when something is wrong with your body... She knew. I knew," Christina said of her daughter, Sorcha Glenn, from Derry.
"Towards the end she was skin and bones. It was so hard to see her like that. My daughter. My little girl who was always full of life."
Irish YouTuber Clare Cullen, known as 'Clisare' online, also shared her experience in a heartfelt 'vlog' which she posted on Independent.ie as part of the #LivingWithCancer video series.
"I am living with cancer in that every day, I wake up and I don't have a mother," she said. "I am also living with cancer in that my dad is currently in remission."