Support and Help
If you’re here because you too have ‘Young Breast Cancer’ here are a few places I found to be super helpful.
Visit the Young Breast Cancer Network on facebook and join their private group.
And seek out Trekstock. They’re an awesome charity that supports young people with any kind of cancer. They too have a facebook group but their site has loads of great stuff to support you through your treatment!
If you’re in Sheffield please go and see Cavendish Cancer Care
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Most of the things you are entitled to on this page, hinge around having a Personal Independence payment, which as someone with incurable cancer, that could kill you at any moment, people in our position are entitled to. But you need to get your nursing staff to fill out a DS1500 to say you are sick. Once this is filled out, I’d advise speaking to your local cancer centre and see if they have anyone there who helps with financial things and can help you make your claim. Most of the people I know who have made a claim through someone else have done way better than the people who have done it themselves!
Once you have your PIP, then you’re entitled to get a blue badge.
And a Blue badge means the use of disabled spaces and in some places, free parking. I had to apply through the local authority.
I haven’t applied for the disabled bus pass I am entitled to, because I don’t use the bus too often, but, same again, it’s just a case of applying through your local council for free bus passes for you (and a carer usually.)
Invisible illness lanyard at airports, supermarkets, trains etc – I discovered the lanyard as UK airports are part of an invisible illness scheme that lets you go and get a green flowery lanyard that gives you fast tracking through security and customs, and in some cases, early access to the plane. They are free. Just google the airport you’re flying from to find out where to pick yours up from.
You don’t need to have PIP to get the lanyard and I have seen people using them in all sorts of environments.
Helpful Cards and Discounts
Access Card costs £15 for 3 years. You tell them what your disability causes in terms of side effects and the card lists them, so it’s easy for people to see, at a glance that you, for example, need access to a disabled toilet, or require a carer at events. It is also starting to give you discount at major retailers, a bit like an nus card,
but it’s not as widely accepted! http://www.accesscard.org.uk
CEA card costs – £6 for the year and it gives you a free carers ticket at the cinema, which we really haven’t taken advantage off enough this year! https://www.ceacard.co.uk/
Lots of music venues, theatres and festivals give you a free PA or carer’s ticket with proof of disability (we’ve used PIP mostly) you can also ask for more comfortable seating, or special standing areas and access to the disabled toilets through it. I’m now registered with Leeds fest, Glastonbury and live nation so if you get tickets through them, we don’t need to show ID again.
Our local theatres also allow carers, as do some of the smaller music venues.
You can also take a carer with you, for free, at places across the country like theme parks, national trust, English heritage, sea life centres, football matches, zoos……It’s 100% worth asking the place you’re going when you buy a ticket to see if you can get someone in free with you!
Freebies and Days Out
If you are under 40, then get in touch with the Willow Foundation. they provide days out for people with cancer.
Penny Brohn centre in Bristol provides support and care for the well being of people with cancer, they also offer counselling and residential courses. I know some people who have been to their living with cancer courses and they RAVE about them. It’s something I really have to get myself to at sometime soon.
Sea Change offer surf and welbeing retreats in newquay for people affected by cancer. I can attest to how amazing the experience is.
ABCDiagnosis also offer retreats in Yorkshire for people with Breast Cancer. Nordic walking, yoga and relaxation are on the cards!