A few years ago, the partners of a couple of Shine members approached us about starting a ‘Plus Ones’ group. Having cancer is tough, they noted – but so is supporting someone with cancer. We started our Plus Ones group online and it’s continued to grow over the years. As we’ve worked more on supporting the supporters, we’ve also learned more about the issues that they can face.
Our Plus Ones include partners, parents, siblings, adult children and close friends of someone dealing with a cancer diagnosis in their 20s, 30s or 40s. We're currently working on finding out more about how we can support this important group.
Watch this space for more details as we develop new programmes to support you, in the mean-time, take a look at the resources below and get in touch if you have any suggestions or questions.
Our podcast series 'Not your grandma's cancer show' has an episode for plus ones, click below to listen now.
You can also read about Salma's experiences as a plus one here.