Creative writing at Maggie’s cancer care centres
A writing prescription that began ‘‘Whatever you write is right, you can’t write the wrong thing…’ was used in a feasibility study suggesting that ‘therapeutic writing could reduce (healthcare) costs’.1 This ‘prescription’ has been adapted for expressive writing guidelines at the Maggie’s cancer care centres. Here four facilitators give a taste of what they do and how they do it.
Maggie’s provides a comprehensive cancer support programme for people and their families affected by cancer. Maggie’s is about empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer by bringing together professional help, communities of support and building design to create exceptional centres for cancer care. Maggie’s centres are for anyone affected by cancer. They are places where
people are welcome whenever they need us – from just being diagnosed, or undergoing treatment, to post- treatment, recurrence, end of life or in bereavement. We also welcome family and friends, as they are often deeply affected by cancer too. We know that those who love and look after someone with cancer can feel just as frightened, vulnerable and uncertain.