My Story.

I was diagnosed with stage 4 Bowel Cancer at 40 years old. This is my story of heartbreak, grief, love, purpose & family.


There are approximately 42 million working adults in the UK. A £1 donation from those who felt able would significantly impact radical change for cancer patients in the UK, so the ask is simple – a quid for cancer for those who can.

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I would love to hear your own personal experiences of your cancer journey from anyone who has experienced, or still is experiencing a diagnosis and treatment themselves, or supporting a loved one.


“Did you know that one in two of us will get a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime?”

One of the strategic aims of Cancer Research UK is for 3 out of 4 people to survive a cancer diagnosis by 2034.

Let’s take a moment to think about those facts. Half the population will get cancer, but we’re working towards three out of four people surviving by 2034. That’s 13 years away.

As a stage 4 cancer patient, I cannot wait more than a decade for cancer services to improve, and I’m sure everyone you know affected by cancer can’t afford to wait either.

It’s scientifically proven that the mind has a direct impact on the body. Considering how much more the world now understands about mental health, why is it that compassionate conversations, as a minimum, are not the experience of so many patients?

Thoughtful language, hope, optimism and visualisation are all widely available practices the medical profession can apply, yet they are not being used.

The NHS is wonderful, and something we should all be extremely proud and protective of. But under resourcing has consequences, and a stretched, tired workforce is one of them.

From early on in my own diagnosis I have personally experienced some incredibly heartbreaking, scary and life changing conversations and unfortunately for many of those, the delivery of those conversations has significantly impacted my mental health. A theme that sadly has continued to varying degrees throughout my journey.

This experience led me to start being my own health advocate and reading and researching how I support my own mental health and well being on my journey.

My learning lead me to understand that sadly, many patients have had similar experiences and I have felt passionately that I wanted to create change for the future.

Over the last 12 months, we’ve witnessed what global collaboration, funding, and research can achieve for science, treatments and vaccinations. Imagine if we took that same approach to the way cancer services are delivered?

“ My mission is to ensure every cancer patient has interactions that are heartfelt, compassionate and hopeful when appropriate and actively considerate of the patient’s mental health.”

– Laura Kendrick

We’re stronger together, and together we can make a change. Check out the ‘My Story’ page to learn more about my radical plans to improve patient experience by shaking up oncology care.

I look forward to you being a part of the revolution.

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Please do share your stories of your care whether it be positive, negative, a mixure, or anything inbetween. Every experience tells a story that helps us shape the face of cancer care for the future. Please do ask me anything along the way!