Anne Orchard is based in Dorset, UK. Her areas of expertise include offering support to those affected by illness or death of a loved one and helping them to rebuild their lives.
Following the death of her mother from cancer in 1991, and her mother-in-law’s experience of breast cancer in 2004, Anne became increasingly aware of the valuable work performed by charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and also hospices. Her involvement with her local day-care hospice when living in Derbyshire inspired her to explore ways in which to share the positive philosophy she discovered there. As she researched, she realised she was uniquely qualified to help those who are related or closely connected to cancer sufferers. They are also affected by the diagnosis of the disease, and yet support is so often lacking for them. Anne was inspired to write her book ‘Their Cancer – Your Journey’ to act as a guide to carers/caregivers, family and friends of those with cancer. It provides helpful insights and advice right through from when you hear the news to many years after recovery or bereavement, when you are making sense of what this journey meant in your life. To hear Anne talking about the book and sharing insights on Bay Radio, visit Bay Radio Interview
Anne is now running a worldwide online support organisation, Families Facing Cancer. This is a place for people in the Cancer Fallout Zone – families, friends colleagues etc who are affected by someone else’s diagnosis. Sharing your hopes and fears, plus finding out how others have also been affected, will help you cope with the stress. There is also help via email or telephone, plus a wide variety of resources to find out more information and connect with other places that can help.
When she is not being positive about how people can transform the traumatic experience of cancer into a force for good in their lives, Anne enjoys walking on the beach, taking her boys out for picnics, reading and watching movies with her husband.