Vicki was misdiagnosed with cancer aged 19 and through this had her right leg amputated. She then had stage 3 breast cancer in 2017.
Vicki’s life has clearly not been without its unimaginable challenges and we discuss how she’s overcomes these barriers and the amazing things she has achieved while building resilience.
So thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us Vicki, you really are such an inspiring, resilient and brilliant lady.
'Kevin Webber is living with inoperable & effectively terminal prostate cancer but he tries to MAKE THE MOST OF IT every day.'
We had an excellent discussion with him on how he is doing just that.
From the marathon des Sables to virtual challenges he is a huge inspiration and has fundraised an incredible amount of money.
He gives us some excellent tips on how to get the most out of everyday life and to try to live with no regrets.
Jacquie is a Sky Sports News Presenter and Former Olympian gymnast, she was diagnosed with stage 4 Breast Cancer during the first lockdown. Amelia is a Radio Jackie news presenter and a Sky News freelancer.
We discuss yoga poses, coping mechanisms, what it's like from a family members' viewpoint, advice for others and sharing stories on social media.
In the words of 90 year old Eryl who has had stage 4 breast cancer since 1976, "Always go forward."
Thank you so much Jacquie and Amelia.
Siri is a world champion triathlete, a world champion triathlon coach and the co-founder of a non-profit horse rescue. Recently Siri completed treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia.
"If I was in a moment where I was feeling sad, afraid and scared and depressed, I knew that that was not going to help me heal.
So I would recognise that emotion, let myself feel that emotion for a moment, acknowledge it. But then I would bridge over to a more powerful emotion which was gratitude."
Ryan is the co-founder of Life Kitchen.
Life Kitchen is an award-winning not-for-profit organisation that provides FREE cookery classes and recipes for people living with cancer, to help them rediscover their love of food.
We were honoured and very lucky to have Ryan as our guest, he is so passionate about food and the work he does with Life Kitchen is fantastic.
Listen to find out how Life Kitchen started with a drunken tweet and developed into something special.
Claire is Associate Director for Greater Manchester Cancer her husband John is a chief inspector at Greater Manchester Police and Steve Bland is the widow of Rachael Bland who, alongside Deborah James and Lauren Mahon, presented the BBC Radio 5 Live Podcast‘You, Me and the Big C’.
This is a brilliant conversation about the realities of being a partner of someone undergoing cancer treatment. From the need for more psychological wellbeing support to the Christmas elf, it is well worth listening to.
Juliet Fitzpatrick, Rickmansworth Ambassador &Lizzie Paddock, Nottingham Ambassador.
"I struggle with those that want to shut the door on it [cancer] altogether because even with having six monthly/yearly scans you're constantly reminded of it... it's never really over, it's always there and has such a big impact on your life and makes you re-evaluate things and changes your perspective."
An open & honest chat on the challenges & also the opportunities of moving forwards after a cancer diagnosis.
Helen Murray is our MOVE Cancer Rehab Specialist with Sophie Mulligan and Shaun Gibson who have both been through the MOVE online programme.
"Helen was just amazing, we placed emphasis on the things I could do rather than the things I wouldn't be able to do...and then we built up week by week. Helen was so accommodating and helped me overcome so many barriers."
It was great to hear how the MOVE programme has helped Sophie and Shaun, what brilliant young people! And what amazing work Helen does!
Jody tells us her story about achieving her dream of swimming the channel despite facing the challenge of a cancer diagnosis and undergoing chemo.
"I just listened to my body...If I was too tired or not feeling up to it, I didn't swim and I sort of gradually built it up and I didn't swim more than four times a week before chemo and slowly built up the distances."
This really is well worth listening to, I think we could have chatted all night!
Thank you so much for joining us Jody.
This is a really interesting Q&A with two fantastic guests who have both had cancer and are/were both doctors.
Jenny Wilson is a GP at Putnoe Medical Centre in Bedford and is one of our brilliant Bedford 5k Your Way Ambassadors!
Liz O’Riordan is a retired Consultant Breast Surgeon, a Bury St Edmunds ambassador, an author and a public speaker. See her website for more information here.
"Exercise was my form of mindfulness, when I was out walking or cycling or running, I forgot I had cancer."
Tony, our Wilmslow 5KYW Ambassador and Regional Champion and Sue, a regular attendee at our Nottingham 5KYW.
Tony was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2017:
"I decided I wanted to use my illness for the good of other people.. To spread awareness."
Sue took up running in her 70's after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer: "I feel fitter now than I ever have been, which is ridiculous! You've got to get back out there in the real world, get off your backside and move."
Two real life heroes.
Luke is cycling from Bristol 2 Beijing and is living with stage Stage 4 cancer; a very aggressive and rare sarcoma. He has launched a fantastic podcast: 'Facing Up.'
Gemma is our MOVE Charity founder & 5k Your Way initiative co-founder. She was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 24 in 2012.
"I sat there and I told myself: You cannot physically change the past.. I can't change what I've been diagnosed with. What is the point in living in the past, all I could change is the present and the future."