Man Diagnosed With Cancer Sends Live Tweets To Show The World How It REALLY Feels. •
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Man Diagnosed With Cancer Sends Live Tweets To Show The World How It REALLY Feels.

People suffering with cancer are now getting the chance to tell their stories of dealing with the illness by live-tweeting their day to day experiences.

Their official Twitter account was launched this week and will see a different patient take over each week for three months.

Cancer patient Richard Orchard is the first patient to take charge of the Twitter account.

Richard has Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and he’ll be bravely sharing his experiences of living with the disease all this week.

Richard told that he decided to go ahead with the project because he could ‘see the value in people sharing their experiences in such a way.’

He said:
‘Having cancer can feel quite lonely – so if there is some way of sharing the experience, it can offer some relief.’

Hundreds of followers have been tweeting him with questions about his illness and his life during treatment, interested to find out more about how he feels…

He’s taking questions from other cancer sufferers and survivors…

He’s also been asking questions to other patients…

‘I’ve been a little overwhelmed by the volume of responses,’ says Richard.

‘People are sending supportive messages or adding their own stories – it’s been heartwarming. There has been a real community feel to the audience.

‘It’s hard to describe – but I guess it’s a bit like everyone being on the same team. It’s been really great.’

Richard hasn’t been tweeting alone either…


Richard has a couple of long-eared pooches to help him out.

He also loves orangutans, and sponsors one called Jumbo who lives in Indonesian Borneo.

And Richard will also have a chance to meet the monkeys once he’s better.

Richard’s also a huge Dr Martins fan, and we’re hoping they’ll send him some new shoes to add to his collection.

Richard says that apart from being able to share tips and stories, it’s been kind of like therapy for him.

‘I hadn’t thought or processed certain things that I have now tweeted about,’ he told Metro.

‘For example, I had blocked out the events around my diagnosis for the past 10 weeks, and I think going back to them and tweeting the story has helped me.

‘It was hard, but a good thing to do.’

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