The experience of cancer reveals POTENTIAL! Returning to work is important in the healing process, but it is often complicated. However, people come back stronger. Both diamond and carbon are made up of carbon atoms. But it is the extreme conditions in which they are plunged that make them diamonds.
- Magali, WORK & CANCER
By supporting survivors and caregivers, not only will you show your company values human, but it definitely benefit every party: buidling a loyal relationship, avoiding friction costs... That's only the begining of a better workplace environment! WORK & CANCER
« We are made to deploy. Everyone has in him RESOURCES and TALENTS just waiting to manifest themselves. » - Guy CORNEAU, psychanalyst
Respect, loyalty, empathy, honesty, and caring are values that companies cherish among their employees and want to develop. Offering the right tools to your employees after their experience with cancer helps amplify and reinforce these values.
We believe in the ability of everyone to recover after a difficult experience if they receive the necessary support. This issue is also crucial for caregivers who have to manage work and support for a seriously ill person. The question is delicate and we know it. That's why we want to help you. Work & Cancer puts at your disposal the three crucial EMPOWERMENT tools: Awareness, Training and Support. Contact us to develop the program that suits best your business.
We are all concerned, whether we are:
- An employer who wants tools to support his collaborators in the face of cancer.
- A patient treated for cancer who has questions about managing his return to work.
- A caregiver who has to juggle between professional life and the accompaniment of a seriously ill loved one.
Our mission and our values
- Companies who pay close attention to their corporate responsibility;
- Employees affected by cancer and facing challenges in their return to work;
- Employees that are carers and thus seek balance between professional life and caring for a sick relative.
On a larger scale, Work & Cancer aims to be present and active in the decision-making process and raise awareness among public opinion on the reintegration into the workforce after the cancer is cured, be it for the patients/survivors and/or their carers.
Fortunately, today, the survival rate has increased dramatically. Investing in the socioprofessional reintegration of patients is a key societal challenge for Work & Cancer.
Magali Mertens de Wilmars
Magali has worked for several years in the NGO sector, first as project manager and then in change of communication. Following her personal experience with cancer she became a certified coach, and trained in Disability Management, she also created www.vieetcancer.be. Witnessing a deep lack of tools enabling survivors to go back to work she decided to put her experience and skills to the service of companies and employees (patients, survivors and carers) to facilitate the transition between the treatments and the return to work. She participates actively in several Working Groups, conferences and events that tackle psycho social issues related to cancer.
She is also a radio columnist on La Première (National Belgian French Radio) where she talks about the challenges after cancer and how to overcome them.
She is the author of "Je rebondis après mon cancer" (How to rebounce after my cancer), Editions Jouvence, 2018 and "Returning to work after cancer", Editions Jouvence 2019.
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employees having had a cancer, the disease revealed qualities and skills that can be used professionally (according to the Barometer of the French association "Cancer @work")
of Belgian are carers. Their tasks are equivalent to the work of 150 000 full time employees.
of Belgians will have had a cancer by the age of 75
of patients who have received return to work coaching after cancer state that they have not been informed of the side effects that affect their quality of life
say they have discovered their inner resources and better self-awareness since their cancer experience