"To ease, through prayer, the burden of cancer on individuals, their loved ones and the community and to pray that the day will come quickly when all cancers can be prevented or cured."

It's the same old me you know!

Since I got the cancer, everyone has changed
I'm spoken to in quiet tones, and worse, when out of earshot, whispers I hear about me!
How is she?
How's she coping?
What do the doctors think?
Look, you reader, it's still the same old me,
The me who sat you on my knee,
The me you worked with all those years,
The me the professional with a degree,
The me who went on holiday
The me who even learned to ski
Yes that me, I am still here,
This cancer, it does not define me,
Don't look at me with those worried sad eyes, yes I can still laugh, share a joke
Yes I can talk on every topic, we used to argue my husband and me, about everything on the news on TV
We used to put the world to rights,
Now, all he can say is, "would you like a cup of tea."
My friends when they visit, bring me fruit ,and invalid food, I hate it you know, but I don't like to be rude.
They look at me different, like as if I'm already wearing a shroud,
Speaking so softly, like I would just die if they spoke too loud,
Ohh, for the chance to go out for a dance,
To meet up in town, ooh just go on, just ask, please give me that chance.
The chance to be me, to wear my best clothes,
The chance to share our worries and fears,
The chance to laugh out loud, till we are both in tears.
The chance to just be us me and you as we always were,
Just like the cancer was never ever there.                                                  
The time may come, as this illness goes on,
When I can't do these things
Because I'm too far gone,
But until that day comes,
Be the same old you, the us, the we,
Don't let the cancer control you, I am still the same old girl,
Eyes like diamonds, lips like pearls, I can still wear my hair in curls,
So, listen, don't let the cancer define me,
Let us carry on, in defiance, let us carry on as always.

Jeanette Dooley

Joint winner Liverpool Poetry Competition 2011

Messages of Hope

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"A Prayer Companion Through Cancer" by Kate Strickland.

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Service Details

Services 2018

St Paul's Church, Cantley, Doncaster Sunday 11th February 2018 at 3pm

Cathedral Church of St Philip, Birmingham Sunday 25th February 2018 at 3pm

Chester Cathedral Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 3.30pm

St Bernadette's Church, Motherwell ML1 3PH Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 7pm

St Mirin's Cathedral, Paisley Sunday 8th July 2018 at 4pm

St Michael and St John's Church Clitheroe Sunday 14th October 2018 at 3pm

HMP Littlehey Huntington, Cambs PE28 0SR Thursday 4th October 2018

St Peter's Church, Lampeter Sunday 21st October 2018 at 2.30pm

Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Sunday 28th October 2018 at 3pm

Renfield St Stephen's Church, Bath St, Glasgow Thursday 25th October 2018 at 7pm


Services 2019

Birmingham Sunday 22nd September

Lampeter Sunday 20th October 2019

Liverpool Sunday 27th October 2019



Further Information

Contact Us

Professor Ray Donnelly MBE FRCS
c/o Roy Castle Centre, Cotton Exchange Building, Bixteth St., Liverpool L3 9LQ
T: 0333 323 7200
Website: www.pauseforhope.org.uk

email: pauseforhope@gmail.com