Live Through This

Live Through This

At a glance

Causes

  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Women

Other details

Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

Supporting and advocating for LGBTIQ+ people affected by cancer.

The oncological structures and assumptions currently in place are overtly heterotyped and the resulting social initiatives for support or care are based on heteronormative values that lead to a lack of engagement from sexual minority and gender variant patients. Therefore these individuals often lack vital assistance in processing their health and mental wellbeing and can easily fall into social isolation. We work to provide social spaces for these people to meet and also take their concerns forward in healthcare forums and meetings to positively impact discussion around inclusive policy and practice.

Activities

We host regular peer support groups for patients and survivors to come and meet. In these sessions they are able to discuss their experiences as a patient, their interactions with clinicians, any grievances and also the levity that they bring to these moments. The cross pollination of ideas and supportive strategies between attendees is a natural and rewarding outcome of these sessions. Sessions are guided by a lead facilitator who is also in this niche community. Key themes that arise from meetings or from research in the field are raised at policy meetings in healthcare. Direct contact is also maintained with hospitals, charities and key healthcare figures to represent the unique issues facing this community.

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