A cancer patient has designed a badge for follow cancer patients based on the 'baby on board' badges used by expecting mums to make it easier for fellow cancer patients to get a seat on busy tube services.
James McNaught was having radiotherapy to his throat, which meant he couldn't speak and explain why he needed a seat. But as he wasn't visibly unwell, he never got offered a seat.
He has made 100 badges and left them in waiting rooms for other cancer patients to use and Transport For London have expressed an interest in producing them.
What do you think? I am undecided. I had half of my treatment in Brighton and half in London, so relied on public transport a lot during my treatment. There were many times I couldn't get a seat when I was feeling very nauseous, dizzy, tired and weak from my chemotherapy or exhausted from my radiotherapy. I also had to rely on public transport after surgery when my head was swimming in a morphine haze. I used the cold cap, so managed to keep some of my hair, otherwise I would have just whipped off my headscarf and maybe then I would have had a bit more sympathy! A seat would have been VERY welcome on these trips, but I was too embarrassed to say anything and actually ask for a seat...so would I have been comfortable wearing a little badge and trying to wave it in people's faces in a city where everyone tries to avoid looking at each other? I'm not so sure....
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