Mission Remission is a friendly place to share tips and strategies for life after cancer. Not only can this be hugely therapeutic, it helps other survivors feel less alone too.
Have a story burning to be told? A practical tip, or strategy to share? Get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!
Remission is a time for empowerment: that longed-for moment when you can take control of life again. You’re free to jump atop Aladdin’s carpet and follow your dreams.
Yet it doesn’t quite work out like that.
And when you seek support from the very people that helped you reach that day - your nurses, your doctors, those closest to you - they often don’t know what to say. They don’t know how to help.
Perhaps they give you the usual advice: don’t smoke, cut down on drink, eat your greens, get off the sofa. But that just doesn’t seem to be enough. It’s not adequate to make you feel happy and healthy again.
So whether you’re fearing recurrence, or you’re struggling with your new body; whether you feel lost in the healthcare system, or lost in life’s tracks… we are here to help.
Ultimately, remission is a time to be kind to yourself. You need care, love, and practicalities: strategies on how to fix your body and mind, and most importantly a time to heal.
So your new mission is ‘re-mission’ itself: a time to rest and build a new happy, healthy you.
Come join us!
Mission Remission Matters
2.5 million people live with a cancer diagnosis in the UK. With the fantastic advancements in medical research, more and more people are living lifetimes after their diagnosis.
But survival is rarely the end of the story. It can feel impossible to forget and move on. Cancer is the gift that keeps on giving, with survivors experiencing physical, psychological, financial and social consequences. Approximately 25% of cancer survivors experience long term ill health following cancer treatment.
Quite understandably, most cancer charities, voluntary organisations, & NHS services direct their attentions to cancer treatment itself. When they do address survival, it’s placed amongst advice on diagnosis and treatment.
But survivors might need a break from that. A fresh start.
Mission Remission is the only resource solely dedicated to life after cancer, here to provide tips, strategies, and experiences written and shared by cancer survivors themselves. These shared feelings and experiences reduce isolation at a time when people can feel very much alone. Focusing on practicalities, the site offers tangible ideas that can be applied to everyday life, empowering cancer survivors through action.
How Mission Remission was Born
Mission Remission was created by Laura Fulcher, a bowel cancer survivor who found remission tough and wanted to do something about it.
In the years before cancer I was a secondary school English teacher, trying to change the world one child’s literacy at a time.
But at the age of 30 I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and life ground to a halt.
After fertility treatment, surgeries, chemo, and complications, I came out the other side, a little worse for wear. I’d managed all the tough stuff, but remission seemed a whole new challenge.
My friends dissipated, my body broken, I’d handed all control to doctors, who’d then passed it back and stepped away, leaving me in chronic pain. And then there was the anxiety: the stress, panic & paranoia that the cancer would return. Scanxiety was a plague.
So I had to learn a new life, but hopefully one still full of excitement.
I looked around for inspiration, someone who had survived cancer and who told tales of their remission experience. There was little out there. Remission seemed a taboo subject, after all, we Brits don’t like to talk about ill health.
I discovered the american direction towards Cancer Survival Plans, this great idea to empower patients to develop their own action plans for life after cancer.
Twisting the arm of Ryan Pickett, software developer extraordinaire, we began to build this website focusing on practical strategies that survivors can put to work immediately. I hunted down other cancer survivors and health specialists; I completed hundreds of hours of research, reading about what tools and strategies really helped. There is so much information out there on cancer survivorship that's not reaching the people that need it!
Bringing all this together, coupled with experiences shared by survivors themselves, the aim was to give cancer survivors a platform and a voice.
In the meantime, I suggested opportunities for improvement to the NHS. Boy, are NHS complaints stressful! I became a governor of a local clinical commissioning group, the NHS organisation that buys most of health services.
I’m a strong believer that one person can make a huge difference. So come join us and share your tips on life after cancer. Not only is sharing therapeutic, but it’ll make life less isolating for other survivors too.