Ian Cockerham: Cancer Survivor and iHOPE Ambassador
Ian wears many hats, metaphorically speaking. He describes himself as a poet and a music producer. He is a Macmillan volunteer, but also a patient; he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in 2013, by which time it was inoperable and technically incurable.
Honest and influential
Undergoing regular injections and radiotherapy, Ian enrolled on the iHOPE course at this local Macmillan Centre and online too, knowing immediately that he wanted to be involved in their delivery so he got himself trained. He has coached the course on-line and also facilitated what we call ‘face to face’ group sessions. Here, he shares more;
The future and the past
Ian believes that the future and the past are merely theoretical constructs in which we hold our hopes, dreams and memories. Nothing happens ‘in the future’ – for everything that happens, when it happens it is always ‘Now.’ Nevertheless, people do make plans, set goals, book holidays and dream dreams. Just don’t ever decide to live there, Ian says, or in the past, for if you try to carry around with you all the things you no longer use then you risk missing out on what living in the present has to offer you.