“Writing has helped heal my spirit,” says best-selling author Sophie Sabbage

The Cancer Whisperer author Sophie Sabbage tells us how she gained a new appreciation for life after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer three years ago

The Cancer Whisperer Sophie
Author Sophie Sabbage

Sophie Sabbage is a bit of a rule-breaker. When she was 43, she gave birth to her daughter after she was told she would never have kids. Four years later, she was diagnosed with late-stage ‘incurable’ lung cancer, and doctors implied she would be dead within a year.

Yet more than three years on, Sophie has defied her doctors by being in relatively good health and has written a bestseller, The Cancer Whisperer, to help other cancer patients become less fearful of the disease.

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“Being diagnosed with cancer didn’t make me special, it made me normal”

MasterChef 2016 champ Jane Devonshire recalls how her attitude towards food changed after her cancer diagnosis and explains her admiration for cancer survivors who “immerse” themselves in the cancer world

Chef Jane Devonshire

Last year, she tingled the taste buds of tough judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace with her delicious, classic British dishes to be awarded BBC’s MasterChef champion.

Almost two years, later food enthusiast Jane Devonshire is having the time of her life – sharing her culinary skill and knowledge with the masses. But with her incredible win, also came a shocking revelation.

Jane revealed at the end of MasterChef that she had been battling cancer for ten years before appearing on the show. She had chosen not to tell the judges – nor the programme producers – of her story during the competition.

“I did not want my time on MasterChef to be about that,” she explained when she first won. “This is not about cancer but about me – a home cook, an ordinary stay-at-home mum stepping outside her comfort zone and following a lifelong passion for food.”

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Care + Wear PICC Line Covers: Giving patients a sense of control

Care + Wear PICC Line Covers win  Best Being Comfortable Product prize at the Live Better With Spotlight Awards

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Care + Wear PICC Line Covers have been voted the Best Being Comfortable Product

Medical wear brand Care + Wear has been awarded the Best Being Comfortable Product prize for their PICC Line Cover at the inaugural Spotlight Awards by Live Better With.

Below, we spoke to the Care + Wear team to find out more about the brand’s mission:

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“Wearing a stylish hat gives cancer patients the much needed confidence they might have lost”

Chemo Headwear wins Best Hair Loss Product prize at Live Better With’s Spotlight Awards

claire featherstone founder of chemo headwear

Fashion Designer Claire Featherstone has been awarded the Best Cancer Hair Loss Product prize for her hat company, Chemo Headwear, at the inaugural Spotlight Awards by Live Better With.

Chemo Headwear is committed to helping anyone going through chemotherapy and other medical hair loss issues. Their beautiful headscarves, bandannas, turbans and hats are made lovingly by hand.

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“Cancer reinforced that happiness is not how you lie in the sun, it’s how you dance in the rain!”

Tea & Chemo by Jackie Buxton wins Best Cancer Book Prize at Live Better With’s Spotlight Awards

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Blogger and author Jackie Buxton has been awarded the Best Cancer Book prize for her 2015 book, Tea & Chemo: Fighting Cancer, Living Life, at the inaugural Spotlight Awards by Live Better With.

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“Bringing comfort and dignity to so many women is heartwarming”

Knitted Knockers wins Best Mastectomy Product prize at Live Better With’s Spotlight Awards

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Knitted prosthesis

Non-profit organisation Knitted Knockers has been awarded the Best Mastectomy Product prize at the inaugural Spotlight Awards by Live Better With.

Founded by cancer survivor Barbara Demorest in 2011, Knitted Knockers provide special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast – for free.

We spoke to founder Barbara to find out more about this incredible organisation:

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Feeling sick from chemo? Our community recommends Sea-Bands to help

Sea-Band wins Best Combating Nausea Product prize at Live Better With’s Spotlight Awards

Nominated by our cancer community because of its effectiveness, affordability and ease of use, Sea-Band was awarded the top prize by our esteemed panel of judges.

Find out why Sea-Band is the ideal product for when you’re feeling sick from chemo:

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“You shouldn’t have to cook separate meals from the rest of your family”

The Royal Marsden Cancer Cookbook wins Best Eating Well prize at Live Better With’s Spotlight Awards

Royal Marsden Cancer Cookbook
Salmon or Tofu with Soba Noodles and Oriental Greens

Nominated by our cancer community for its great selection of recipes and easy-to-navigate format, the Royal Marsden Cancer Cookbook was awarded the top prize by our esteemed panel of judges.

Find out why the Royal Marsden Cancer Cookbook is the ideal product for helping you eat well when you have cancer.

Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after cancer treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. But, understandably, it’s not always that simple.

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Preventative mastectomy inspires business to help breast cancer patients

Drain Dollies founder Charlotte Wood wins Remarkable Person prize at Live Better With’s Spotlight Awards

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A young woman from Manchester has been awarded one of our Remarkable Person prizes at the inaugural Spotlight Awards by Live Better With.

Charlotte ‘Charley’ Wood has been awarded the prize for her invention of Drain Dollies – bags to conceal surgical drains in a discreet and simple manner.

We spoke to Charley to find out more about Drain Dollies and how she feels to have won a Spotlight Award:

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Oncology nurse: “It’s a challenging job but I absolutely love it!”

Nurse Sarah-Jane Thomson wins Remarkable Person prize at Live Better With’s Spotlight Awards

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Nurse Sarah-Jane Thomson

A kind and caring nurse from Glasgow has been awarded one of our Remarkable Person prizes at the inaugural Spotlight Awards by Live Better With.

Sarah-Jane Thomson is a nurse specialist and has worked at The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow for more than a decade.

We spoke to Sarah-Jane to find out more about what her role involves and how she feels to be a Spotlight Award winner:

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