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Happy Birthday Cancer Chat!

5 Jul 2018 14:12

Can you believe Cancer Chat is 10 years old! This month we are celebrating a whole decade of supporting people affected by cancer.

Our friendly online community has changed quite a bit since we launched it in 2008. I wonder if anyone remembers how the forum looked when it was originally launched?

By the end of the first year the community had around 2,000 members and 7,000 posts. By June 2018 we had welcomed more than 54,000 members and have over 195,000 posts, covering everything from signs and symptoms to coping with loss and everything in between.

In 2015 we relaunched the forum with many more topic areas including general chat areas where people can share anything from pictures of birds and animals to inspirational quotes and humour.

We now have a thriving, supportive and friendly community which is moderated all year round by our wonder team of moderators. They keep the forum safe and are always on hand to welcome new members 365 days a year. We’ve changed a bit over the years too!

Our specialist cancer nurses are also a vital resource for anyone with a question about cancer and have answered more than 3,400 questions in their Ask The Nurses topic area  

So, on behalf of us all, I would like to thank everybody who has been part of Cancer Chat over the past decade – we’re proud to be celebrating 10 years of offering invaluable online friendship and support for anyone affected by cancer. I know it is sometimes referred to as ‘the club nobody wants to join’ but I think for most of us there have been times when we’ve been glad to be part of something so caring and inspiring.

Cancer Chat means so much all of us in many different ways, but what does Cancer Chat mean to you? We'd love you to share your memories and thoughts with us here.

Thank you,

Sarah 
Cancer Chat Manager

Re: Happy Birthday Cancer Chat!

10 Jul 2018 23:51 in response to Moderator Sarah

Well happy 10th birthday cancer chat and to all that attend the party that is this forum

vatch

Re: Happy Birthday Cancer Chat!

11 Jul 2018 10:10 in response to Moderator Sarah

Well high 5 to all you nurses and moderaters who keep us all in check  ; ))  it's you lot that captain this ship ... and keep it going for all us sailors who hop on board for long cruses or just day trips ...

I feel blessed to have found this room where we have made vertual buddies, and I know it's got me through some tough times ... and we've even had some laughs along the way ...

So happy 10th ...here's to the next ten ... up up and away ... Chrissie ❤

Re: Happy Birthday Cancer Chat!

11 Jul 2018 12:05 in response to Chriss

Thank you for all the lovely comments @Vatch ‍  and @Chriss ‍ I am so glad this forum has brought you so much comfort. I love the way Vatch described it as a party and Chriss compared it to a ship, beautiful image. I don't feel like a ship captain though and I certainly wouldn't know how to navigate a real boat!

I raise my cup of tea to the next ten years indeed!

Lucie

Re: Happy Birthday Cancer Chat!

11 Jul 2018 14:41 in response to Moderator Sarah

Hi Sarah and your briliant team

Yes I have noticed the changes over the years I have been a member for six of those years and have to say I have made friends with some wonderfuly inspiring people during that time. I made contact with friends like Max and Meerkat to name just a couple and have to say it was a privilage to know them.

I have tried a couple of other forums but found this one to be far and away the most friendly of them.  I cant quite find the words to explain it but there is a much better and friendlier atmosphire on here.

I hope this site continues doing the valuable job that it does until one day cancer becomes a thing of the past.

My thanks to you and all the wonderful team of moderators, nurses and back up staff that make this site what is is, Brian

 

Re: Happy Birthday Cancer Chat!

13 Jul 2018 19:51 in response to woodworm

Thank you so much for the kind words Brian. One thing is sure and I am sure everyone here will agree: Cancer Chat would not be the same without you and all the inspirational threads you have started, the beautiful pictures, the amazing quotes which I am sure bring a smile to many at a time when they need the most comfort. 

So thank you Brian for the last six years and to many more years, many more uplifting thoughts and pictures 

Lucie