Blogging about cancer
Figures released by MacMillan Cancer Care today, show that cancer survivors are now living six times longer than they would have done 40 years ago.
Unlike 40 years ago, however, people are now able to share and document their experiences of cancer in online diaries.
This and that is the blog of a grandmother and teacher; she is now well and has recently gone back to work. She is currently dealing with the emotional fall-out from extensive treatment and a long recovery process.
Unfortunately, today's figures also revealed that the survival rates for some cancers have not seen a marked improvement.
The two diaries are an enlightening and humbling read. In her most recent post, Lisa talks of the joy in meeting her new nephew and the distress at discovering the extent the cancer has spread. And on finding out that her time was limited, Alice made a bucket list, which she is now working her way through. In the past two weeks, Alice has visited the Lush factory and been to a QPR football game. She has chosen to have Christmas with her family in November, just in case.
Sadly, some of those who shared their cancer experiences online have passed away.
Last night's Inside Out West Midlands on BBC One included a film about Rosie Kilburn, a 19 year old blogger with cancer who they featured last November. She was raising money for charity right up until she died two months ago. The programme is available now to view here on BBC iPlayer.
If you know of a blog about life with cancer not included here, please do share it with us in the comments below.