The Emotional Strain of Cancer

Cancer is the biggest killer of all known diseases worldwide. The effects of a battle with cancer can leave family and loved ones scarred as much as the victim, as it can tear away a loved one from our lives. Over the last few years, a number of public figures have unfortunately slipped away from us, as a  result of the disease in it’s various guises; names including British actor Pete Postlethwhaite,  rock frontman Lemmy Kilmister from the band Motorhead, to the recent passing of music icon David Bowie and film icon Alan Rickman.

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Lasting Impact

The impact on the public from losing those they have looked up to and, who at times, have almost seemed ‘immortal’ can take a heavy toll.. It causes us to look at our own lives and helps us think about our future. It can be a very sobering experience. If a public figure dying from such a disease causes us to feel this way, what happens to a close family unit when a prominent member suffers?

Understandably there are a number of strains placed on a family or relationship when one member is diagnosed with cancer. There are questions to be asked about role adjustment and responsibilities within a household, personal needs, plans for the future, social activity, children and many factors behind a successful relationship/family unit.

While the public do get a painful shock whenever somebody they look up to is diagnosed with, and on occasion, succumbs to cancer, the reality of living with it day-to-day can be an incredible test for any family, no-matter the relationship with the affected victim.


Our Experiences

As serious injury specialists, we have had first hand experience at seeing the changes a family has to make with a member who has suffered from cancer. A cause that is often overlooked is the development of cancer from airborne sources during a person’s working life. Industrial based diseases and cancers are a common case in the injury law industry; lung based diseases especially so.

We are often required to help provide intermittent funding and ongoing assistance to the sufferer and their family. Not just physically however; but emotionally also.. This is never a cheap experience and so we would urge anybody whose loved one  has or is battling cancer as a result of poor conditions or negligence within their former workplace, to get in touch and get the necessary help.


Help Is At Hand

Sometimes when a family member is suffering from cancer (of any kind), all they need is support from those closest to them. For the physical treatment of the disease, this country thankfully has a number of cancer units (with new ones opening regularly), and for the justice for those suffering as a result of outside factors, there is Sincere Law.

Cancer is a difficult subject to approach from any side, be it the medical practitioners, you telling loved ones and friends you have developed it or hearing it yourself from a friend or relative who has been diagnosed. There are numerous cancer charities based in the UK trying to fight the disease every day. Until there comes a time that this debilitating disease is beaten, we, and the other members of the community are here for you, your family, friends and anybody else affected.

Cancer affects families in different ways, hear some stories directly from those involved

Storms Hit UK Legal System as 3 Courts Remain Closed

With winds reaching 81mph and days of consistent, heavy rainfall; Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank rendered many areas of northern England devastated this Christmas period. Cumbria and Northumberland received the highest warnings during this time and suffered substantial damage to the local area.

Many local communities were affected, with homes being flooded, businesses affected and other local amenities getting hit hard; including Carlisle United’s football ground being washed out (requiring games to be played at neighbouring grounds for a period of time). Also on the list of damages is a selection of courts, forced to close while the after effects are being dealt with.


Access to Justice

The three courts affected during this period of horrific weather are Carlisle Magistrates Court, York Magistrates Court and Kendal Courthouse. Many ongoing cases are currently being hurriedly moved to nearby venues including Carlisle Combined Court, York Crown & County Courts and Harrogate Justice Centre.

While spreading the load between local alternatives is a proactive way to deal with the problems, it has caused a strain on local case management to keep the schedule moving smoothly. No word has come yet from the Ministry of Justice as to when we can expect normal service to be resumed, but with work well underway on the clean up, authorities are hoping it is sooner rather than later.


UK Flooding: Your Experiences

The floods have affected many of us and provided some striking scenes as towns lay devastated at the hands of nature. Here is a selection of tweets from some of those affected.