From me to you | Write a letter to a friend with cancer | UK
To A Friend
"When my friend said that my letters made him laugh out loud in the chemo ward, I knew I was making a difference."
"Cancer has left me feeling isolated and cut off from normal life. A letter arriving can change everything about my day."
"What I cannot say to my cousin's face I say in a letter. It brings me a sense of peace knowing that I'm not ignoring her cancer."
Our Story To Inspire
Something as simple as receiving a letter can make the world of difference to a friend or family member suffering from cancer.
We all too often hear that emotional support disappears as patients embark on surgery and treatment, as those close to them just don’t know what to say or how to communicate.
We hope that our story will inspire you to put pen to paper, and our Writing Tips give you ideas on what to write, or that you’ll be able to join us at one of our Workshops and write that first letter.
It’s only the cost of a stamp but the effect on the person receiving your letter will be immeasurable.
When Brian was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2010, his friend Alison offered to write letters to cheer him up. Over the next two years, as Brian’s cancer moved from stage III to IV, Alison’s letters kept on coming.
The letters became part of Brian’s recovery process, while Alison discovered a passion for writing she never knew existed.
Four years on, Brian is now cancer-free, Alison is an author, and the two have a relationship that only the term ‘best friends’ can describe. Alison and Brian are now dedicated to getting us all writing letters!
Why It's Good To Write
No one can deny that there is something special about receiving a letter, and even more so when you’re in the throes of cancer. There are several reasons why it's good to write, for both yourself and the reader.
Letters are rarely misinterpreted, unlike texts and e-mails. A letter can’t be rushed so the intent and voice are stronger.
Research shows that a routine of letter writing can increase levels of contentedness and lower instances of depression.
The reader has a choice about when to open your letter. It can lift a mood, provide comfort or be a special moment.
You can fill a letter full of positivity, unlike the other things that come through the letterbox – bills.
You can express emotions and feelings in letters that you might struggle to articulate face-to-face.
Letters don’t just exist on a screen, they have a place in your home, your coat pocket or your bag.
Holding a letter engages the senses of touch and smell – 2 senses excluded from the digital age.
Letters are a wonderful opportunity for reflection – for both the writer and the reader.
Letters create a legacy.
Sites to Inspire You
Our Letter Writing Workshops
From Me To You letter writing workshops will help you overcome fears about what to say in a letter to a friend suffering from cancer, give you ideas for opening lines and guide you to find your inspiration to fill a letter with care and positivity.
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