Emma Hannigan on the new Lazarus Community Forum
Bray author Emma Hannigan is one of the first contributors to a new online forum for cancer patients.
Posters can share their stories to help others cope with diagnosis, treatment and the recovery process.
The Lazarus Community Forum is the first story-telling forum for cancer patients launched in Ireland.
it is a unique way for cancer patients to express their thoughts and feelings on their condition.
' I am living proof that cancer doesn't always have to win,' said Emma, writing on the forum. 'I like to keep score. So far, it's Cancer: 0, Emma:9.'
She began writing while she was sick and to date she has had nine books published. In her contribution to the Forum she writes; 'I don't want to scare the living daylights out of anybody. I don't want to leave a wave of depression in my wake. I want people to know that there is always hope. Forget doom and gloom. Life is for living and even if you hear those dreaded words - "you've got cancer," please don't give up. If you or someone you love has just been diagnosed, there is lots of help out there.'
The forum is the brainchild of Dubliner and former air corpt commandant Frank Russell who had been diagnosed and treated for cancer twice.
He said that telling their stories on the forum can be a powerful way for patients to express their thoughts and feelings.
The forum can be found on cancersupport.ie.