Cancer is one of the most devastating and disruptive illnesses in the world and we all probably know at least one person close to us whose life has been affected by it. The statistics make for alarming reading; according to Cancer Research UK, somebody is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes in the UK and, over the last decade, incidence rates for all cancers combined have increased by more than 7% in the UK.
More than 1 in 3 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. Currently, there are more than 200 different types of cancer, and each is diagnosed and treated in a particular way that often has a life-changing impact on individuals and those close to them.
It is anyone’s worse nightmare to discover they carry a cancerous gene but to then discover that you have passed this mutant gene onto both your daughters is life altering. This is the reality Mark and his family faced at the start of 2019 when Mark, an employee of a large energy management company, approached the Electrical Industries Charity after struggling with his and his daughter’s diagnosis.
Fathers are often given the short end of the stick. Whether it is the assumption that they were the breadwinner in the Family household and should be responsible for paying alimony and child support or that they are not equally as capable of providing a loving, nurturing, and stable environment for a child to live and grow in, it can be a challenge to cope with.
When faced with the loss of a loved one, the last thing someone wants to think about is the expense related to a funeral. Often the cost comes as a shock to the family. However, it’s an expense that we can’t avoid.
Being diagnosed with cancer can come as unexpected news and can be difficult to cope with financially, emotionally and physically. 1 in 2 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.
Just picture this for a moment – life is ticking along nicely, you have a happy home life, strong relationship and a good job. However, in an instant, unexpected news can suddenly turn your world upside down. The sudden passing of a loved one, financial worries or an accident can bring about a range of different emotions as well as challenges that would be impossible to prepare for.
According to the charity Action on Addiction, one in three people are addicted to something. An addiction can come in many forms and can take over your life, affecting your health, work, study, relationships and finances, and overcoming one can be a very lengthy and challenging journey.