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Posted On: 25th Oct 2013

Coping with the Big C

Fixer Becki McGuinness
The front cover of Becki's anthology
An illustration from the book

A Fixer from London has helped compile a book of poems, written by and for people affected by cancer.

 

Having been diagnosed and treated for the bone cancer, osteosarcoma, 25-year-old Becki McGuinness is now offering emotional support to other patients, family or friends who have been affected by the disease.

 

'I realised that there is a lot of medical information around, but there is still a need for social and mental help,’ explains Becki.

 

‘This project will be easy for people to access and learn from. Support and communication should be available to everyone, not just those of us who use social media.’

 

Becki discusses her experiences in her blog Coping With the Big C, where she shares various cancer-related stories and gives her support to those affected by cancer, but she hopes that her Fixers project will reach a wider audience.

 

‘I hope to target teenagers but mostly adults. I find that a lot of adults need emotional support, and they can feel left behind.’

 

Becki was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2008 and, following radiotherapy and chemotherapy, she found that being creative helped her cope.

 

Her Fixers project includes poems, illustrations, and supportive messages from those affected by cancer, as well as links to further organisations that could help.

 

‘It helped me to express myself through poetry and art. It helped me deal with the pain and emotional thoughts so I didn’t let it build on top of me. I know that other people enjoyed the art as well, so I do feel that this is a good coping mechanism.’

 

Click on the image below to read Becki’s book of poems.

 

 

 

 

Author: Cara Laithwaite

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