Inspired by a 31 year old who discovered that she did not fit the stereotype of a breast cancer patient. She learnt that young women in her situation have specific emotional and practical needs that existing support networks, challenged to serve a wide range of patients, find difficult to meet in full.
After our Founder, Jodie, was initially diagnosed, she was provided with a file full of advice from the lovely people at Breast Cancer Care; part of this advice was to find a support group. It was at this point Jodie realised that there wasn’t a great deal of support out there for young women.
What Jodie wanted, and felt that she needed, was a forum that was a positive environment where she could regularly meet and forge relationships with other young women in the same situation, that didn’t focus on the prognosis that people were facing. Jodie struggled with the idea of being involved in something that had a focus on prognosis, although she appreciated that this is to be understood.
A strong believer in positivity, Jodie’s mantra quickly became ‘Positive Vibes Only’ There is no disputing that a cancer diagnosis is a scary and fraught time, but Jodie’s way of coping with this was to avoid dwelling on what could be, and live in the moment. She appreciates that positivity alone will not save her, but found it to be an imperative part of remaining strong. Due to Jodie’s struggle to find the right forum for her, she vowed to set up a charity for other young cancer victims as soon as she was well enough to do so.
Founded in early 2016, Uplift will fill the gap by funding and facilitating essential support groups specially aimed at bringing young people together. Uplift will provide events and an environment where sufferers and their supporters can gather together and enjoy life - an environment where although sufferers are aware that their mortality hangs in the balance, the focus is on a positive environment. This will include providing online support, meeting networks, events and retreats where young women with breast cancer can share their experiences and find information about how best to cope with the emotional and physical strain of cancer and treatment.
Uplift hopes that by the beginning of 2017 we will have held the first events to bring young women together. At present, two fundraising events are planned to raise the necessary funds to provide the support we want to give to young women.