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Six brave children who underwent treatment for cancer at Sheffield Children’s Hospital joined forces to help create a magazine which will help children all around the country come to terms with their illness.
Shout Out! was written by children from all around the country who have been receiving specialist treatment at the Sheffield hospital.
The rag allows youngsters to share their experiences and have their say about cancer and treatment.
Published by CLIC Sargent, a cancer charity for children and young people, it’s the first magazine of its kind to be distributed in hospitals throughout the UK.
Features include an ‘Ask the Expert’ section, where children can ask care professionals questions and access easy-to-read answers.
There are interviews with celebrities, music and film reviews and a ‘Your Stories’ page where children can explain how they felt when they were diagnosed. Joseph Cooper, aged 13, from Derbyshire, loved his first taste of journalism.
He was diagnosed with t-cell lymphoma in January 2008 and had two years of intensive chemotherapy, before relapsing and facing a second diagnosis of leukaemia.
He said: “When you’re on the ward and there’s no one around, or you’re sitting at home bored because you’re not allowed to go out anywhere, you can feel really lonely.
“When you’re not feeling well, sometimes you don’t feel like talking to doctors.
“What’s great about Shout Out! is it makes you realise that there are other children going through the same experiences and you’re not alone.
“Alisha Newman, participation manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “We wanted to create Shout Out! to help children to share their views and experiences and to help reduce those feelings of isolation.
“We really hope they find the magazine interesting.”