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Welcome to Marion’s Blog

MarionWe are delighted that our favourite exercise guru has offered to share her blog with us.

Those of you who use our Get Active programme to help you return to exercise safely will already know Marion very well.

But for those of you who haven’t taken the plunge yet we though this might be a good way to be introduced.  Marion has many talents, as we will no doubt understand better, as we share her blogs.

So please read and enjoy (scroll down to see the blog articles) and don’t hesitate to get in touch with Marion via the ‘Contact Marion’ link below.

What Marion says about herself


Hi, I am a passionate writer, so thank you for reading this – it’s good to write knowing that my words will be read.

I am also an exercise professional and a nurse.  I spend my day working with clients in our gyms, running exercise classes in care homes and helping people on their cancer journey to remain as active as possible.

I fall into the ‘older person’ category and am very interested in society’s perception of ageing and set out to challenge this whenever I can.

My husband has stage 4 Multiple Metastatic Melanoma (MMM), so we know what ‘living with cancer’ means.  I also have lots of first-hand experience of what it means to live someone with a life limiting illness.

I also sit on the Patient Advisory Board (PAB) for our area’s Cancer Alliance.  (The Cancer Alliances are designed to implement improvements to patient pathways for those with a cancer diagnosis.  They cover from early discovery right through to living with and beyond).  I try to put forward the patients’ perspective and their thoughts on what really matters to them, to you, to us.  I hear many, many stories, but I am always keen to chat and hear more about what matters to you.  If you have a story to tell – maybe something went really well – please let me know; phone, text, email, when you next see me!  But if something niggles – please tell me that too – you know the ‘I really wish they would / wouldn’t xxxxxx.’  And if you really need to sound off – let me know – together we can bring about change as well as recognising great care.

My blogs are a mix of information from research, advice and tips on keeping fit and healthy and personal experience.  If you enjoy them – let me know – if you have something to say – tell me!

Remember – we really only have today – so have courage and be kind

Marion 07860 128032   marion@alltogetherbetter.co.uk

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The views expressed in this blog are Marion’s own and not HCCN’s.

Being Happy

March blog   I have been thinking about ‘being happy’ and what that means.  So I was wondering what helps me to be happy.  I thought at first that it might be money, but as anyone touched in some way by an illness such as cancer knows, money isn’t a lot of good – it... read more

Some Weeks Are Hard

We have exercise circuits twice a week for people on their cancer journey, (contact us for more details). We have lots of fun and its as hard or as easy as we want it to be. We have one rule that is specific to the exercise group – it’s a tough one – but we have... read more

Christmas can be tough

Nearly Christmas – how are you feeling? That usual mix of excitement bordering on panic? Or maybe you feel a bit flat, like its all too much and who cares anyway? Do you oscillate between being glad to be alive and petrified that you might not be here next Christmas?... read more

How does cancer affect your belief?

Its not at all unusual to utter a prayer at times of great stress. Who amongst us has not offered up a quick one when push comes to shove?  Facing a life limiting illness is often a time when we pause and reflect on what really matters in life, on what helps and on... read more

Being Special

Being special Having cancer puts you in a separate category.  Not one you want to be in – but one none the less. I’ve just read ‘The Island’ by Victoria Hislop, it’s about a leper colony and initially the horror of the isolation and the separateness of living with... read more

Could you just get a grip?

Now, this might seem a little harsh.  Bear with me and I will explain.  Throughout life, things happen.  Sometimes good things happen and sometimes shit happens.  We learn how to deal with the good and the bad as we go through life.  First of all our parents show us... read more
Cancer and being cross

Cancer and being cross

And I get cross with him; I get cross when he puts his gym bag on the work surface – again. (‘Don’t you know how many germs there are on the bottom of that bag and I am going to cook food there soon’ I shout) . I get cross when I drag myself out of bed at some obscene hour and he mumbles ‘do you want any help’ and promptly goes back to sleep. And I get cross when he gets up from the table and leaves me to clear up…

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Are you happy?

Are you happy?

What makes you happy? I went to a talk recently all about happiness.  It was about the research that is being done about why some countries are happier places than others. The speaker’s research looks at groups of people over a long period of time.  And using lots of... read more
10,000 steps and that 10 minute challenge !

10,000 steps and that 10 minute challenge !

Its great to be recommending 10,000 steps a day and suggesting that at least 10 minutes of these should be done at a brisk pace – good ideas and they will undoubtedly make a difference.  But what if you really can’t do that much – if the very thought just reduces you... read more

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Hunts Community Cancer Network


Hunts Community Cancer Network is a local charity started by a patient networking group, created to support the work of the community cancer nurse specialists www.justgiving.com/hccn

Hunts Community Cancer Network

Hunts Community Cancer Network

5 days 21 hours ago

Are you coming? If you're thinking of attending but not sure because it's Zoom, we've got you covered.

TECH KNOWLEDGE If you’ve not used Zoom before we have written instructions for you.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY (only kidding it's FREE) We are holding two practice sessions (morning and early evening) on Monday, 2nd November 2020. Jump online with us and give it a go.

NOT GOT THE KIT We are able to loan you a device with Zoom already installed. Limited numbers are available.

MORE SUPPORT There will be technical help available on the day.

Click here bit.ly/HCCNConf2020 to find out about the content and save your seat.

If you have any questions, drop them in the comments below.

Hunts Community Cancer Network

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6 days 19 hours ago

Our Andrea collected a cheque this week from the mayor of Huntingdon as we were one of his charities of the year....here we have the cheque being collected (socially distanced of course) from the outgoing mayor Steve McAdam. We thank the town council for their ongoing support.
Picture used with kind permission of Cllr Karl Webb

Hunts Community Cancer Network

Booking for our conference is now open! Please visit: bit.ly/HCCNConf2020
Places are limited and free so we suggest early booking is advisable.

Hunts Community Cancer Network

We have an Age 12-13 Hoodie available that’s hardly been worn available for a £5 donation if anyone is interested? Please feel free to message the page. Thanks

Hunts Community Cancer Network

If you ever wondered what kind of things the charity funds, then this is the perfect example! The wonderful nursing team identified if they had some portable drip stands, it would enable them to undertake more treatments in the community, therefore cutting down hospital admissions. They asked, and the charity supplied!

Our fundraising has been severely hit by Covid this year but if you are in a position to donate to causes such as these, please consider donating:

All funds stay in this area to help local people.

We would love to see some captions please for this photo!

Hunts Community Cancer Network

Hunts Community Cancer Network

2 weeks 17 hours ago

It's that's time of year again, with whats going in the world don't forget to have your flu jab! If you need advice, speak to one of the nurses 💉

A message from our Annie:

Ellington Holistic Drop In Centre has not gone away although during these difficult times of COVID we are adapting to life using Zoom every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m until 12.00.
We are opening our services to any newcomers wishing to join in to either our chat room or yoga sessions and we are looking at new ideas to keep everything interesting and fresh.
Our lovely yoga teacher, Jill Wiles, has trained to work safely with our service users.She is able to offer newcomers an individual assessment before placing them into our beginners session and this works for all levels and ability. She is also able to offer recordings of sessions for anyone she has assessed and worked with if and when that person has not been able to attend the live session, but why don’t I share what some of our participants have said.
Coleen “ I love your sessions, they are always well structured and just right for me. I really enjoy the breathing exercises and find these really helpful.”
Johny “I think the yoga classes are absolutely great. As a complete novice, the level is ideal for me. The pace is perfect and teaching truly excellent.”
Pat “ The sessions on Zoom were a little strange, no banter and being in your own home, but you are able to be in the zone and work to your own limitations.”
As you can see, we are lucky to have Jill and her sessions appeal to both women and men of all ages.
If you want to know more or wish to book for your individual assessment please contact Jill Wiles by telephone 07921149338 or email jillwiles1@btconnect.com
You are guaranteed a warm welcome. Jill will be one of the speakers at the conference in November.

We will be opening our Zoom chats to newcomers from October. We appreciate how hard it might be to join something new so to make life easier we are going to offer open sessions once a month which will have a theme with guest speakers or demonstrations which we hope will be of interest and which will help to ease newcomers in. Our first open session on Tuesday October 27th will be based on motivational skills, something many of us are in need of right now! To find out more contact annie@hccnthecharity.org or mary@hccnthecharity.org
We are always ready to help newcomers to find their way through Zoom. Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can. Mary and I look forward to seeing you soon.
Annie Thantrey,
Ellington Team Lead.

Hunts Community Cancer Network

Can we remind you that if you shop on Amazon, you can raise free money for us by nominating us as your chosen charity and just shopping through www.amazonsmile.co.uk as opposed to the standard Amazon site. They are exactly the same with the same products and it costs you nothing. At this time all our normal fundraising has stopped, so we need as much help as possible! Thanks

We have a new HCCN Gardening Group as lots of people have a real interest in all things horticultural! Please pop over and become a member of it!

Hunts Community Cancer Network was live.