Shine exists exclusively to support adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. There is never a good time to have cancer, but we know that younger adults face different issues than their older or younger counterparts - and that many of these are not dealt with by traditional cancer support charities and services.
Our vision is that every adult in the UK living with cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s can access the help and support that they need in a way that suits their lifestyle, and that they are a part of a confident, supportive and empowered community of young adults living with cancer.
Our mission is to provide tailored information and peer support for anyone in their 20s, 30s or 40s diagnosed with any cancer. We do this through a range of activities including lunches and drinks evenings, beach walks, multi-day getaways, workshops, online networking, and mentoring.
Events in your area Want to meet up with other younger adults facing cancer?
Our Networks are not typical support groups: we don’t meet in hospitals, there is no set agenda, and we never sit around in a circle ‘sharing’! Our Shine Networks meet up on a regular basis for drinks, dinner, beach walks, bowling and more. And as a bonus, Shine always buys the first round!
We feature lots of great writers on our blog, all of whom capture the young adult cancer experience.
When things are difficult I know I've got a whole crew of people around who won't try and fix things, tell me I'm brave or look embarrassed and shuffle off. Sometimes the most powerful thing someone can say when you're struggling is 'me too'.
Shine has also taught me that it’s absolutely fine to not be “back to normal” already – or possibly ever. Before I met other cancer patients I put a lot of pressure on myself to get my life back to what it used to be, but now I’ve accepted that it’ll never be the same but it might eventually be even better!