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One-to-one buddy support

Our Buddy Support Service is available if you want to chat to someone who understands exactly what you’re going through.

After a blood cancer diagnosis, some people find it particularly helpful to talk to someone who has had similar experience. They may have been diagnosed with the same condition, faced the same treatment options, and may have shared the same worries, concerns, happy times or sad times.

We will do our best to match you with one of our trained volunteers for regular or one-off telephone or face-to-face support.

Our Buddies are people just like you who have a personal experience of a blood cancer. They are not trained therapists or medical experts, but they do understand what you’re going through.  

Of course, your family and friends will want to help and support you in the best way that they can. But sometimes, just chatting to someone who has been there before can really help you to cope with your situation.

Once we’ve matched you with a Buddy, we’ll work with you to find a convenient time for your Buddy to make the first contact. Your Buddy may not be someone local to you, but you’ll be able to talk over the phone, or email them if you prefer. Hopefully you’ll build a rapport with your Buddy and chat regularly about how you’re getting on. There are no rules – sometimes you may call them, other times, they’ll call to check how you’re doing.

All of our Buddies are vetted, trained volunteers and will do their best to support you the best way they can. We’ll be in touch from time-to-time to see how the relationship is working and make sure it is suitable for both of you.

To be put in touch with a Buddy, or to become one yourself, please email us at care@leukaemiacare.org.uk or call us on 08088 010 444.