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Chris Lewis
Hi my name is Chris Lewis and I am a cancer patient. Through my personal experience and my current work, involving people affected by cancer I have learned that you can be affected by a continuing feeling of isolation.
Chris Lewis


#FRSA Award winning global writer, speaker. #Cancer patient leading change for others! Co-Founder @yoursimpal #CPFC fan. Love helping people smile 🙂
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It is quite ironic that the theme this month is inspiring others.

It is something I was going to write about for my own blog, this week. As you will be aware, my work is around, cancer, and long term health conditions, and I have heard the word inspiration used frequently in recent weeks, and it made me wonder if we use it too easily. But I guess that is a matter of perspective.

Firstly, I thought I should check a dictionary definition for the word inspiration, and here is the one I felt most suitable, someone or something that gives you new ideas and the enthusiasm to create something with them.’

Having read this definition a few times, I can see that maybe it is not overused. My personal use of the word was generally reserved for famous people and world changing events; however by this definition I see many people that inspire me daily. In recent times, my inspiration in my work was Steve Jobs. I always felt that his approach was unique, (not for everyone I know) and he wasn’t afraid to take calculated risks. He was innovative, and keen to take his business into areas no one else went.

By using the above definition, we will all be inspired by different people, for different reasons. Are they an inspirational personality, or do they do inspirational things? Possibly people inspire you and don’t realise they are? I personally believe that we all inspire someone, whether in our private lives or in a business environment.

Generally, public achievements are linked to inspiration, but in my world, the two are not necessarily related. Inspiration plays a massive part in the health sector, which I wasn’t consciously aware of when I entered it. As far as I was concerned, I got sick, and I was given a lot of treatment to help improve my situation. Sure, it was serious stuff, but I wasn’t the only one. It is work they do all the time. It was then that my life changed, and I was unable to work again. So I decided to use my experience to help others.

Now after many years of gaining personal experience, my work is shared around the world, and my medical case is quite rare. Via social media, I am well known in the cancer world, and many people say they are inspired by my case. I don’t see it that way at all, and am just doing what I feel is right. But if I turn the clock back to when I started my journey, if I had seen someone with my prognosis, doing what I am doing now, I also would have been inspired.

The importance of this sort of thing just cannot be underestimated. For many, it can provide hope, which we all need. As my cancer is quite rare, with a poor prognosis, I am contacted by people across the globe. Of course, it is nice to hear that you have been an inspiration to someone, but I feel slightly embarrassed when I am told that, as I never feel I am doing something special. Just trying to live my life in the best way I can!

Even if you are not aware of it, your words or deeds will be inspiring someone, somewhere!