World Mental Health Day 2020

A cancer diagnosis doesn't just affect people physically but can also have a huge impact on their mental well-being.

Sarah is our Lancaster Engagement Officer and seven years ago she received a diagnosis of breast cancer which turned her world upside down.

Sarah said: "The words ‘you have cancer’ are now forever etched on my brain. At the time, I tried to pack them away in a box but they kept getting out and it really affected my mental health. I came to CancerCare after a double mastectomy and six rounds of FEC T chemotherapy and was referred for counselling.

“Thanks to the gentle sessions of one-on-one talking and the patience, care and skill of my councillor, I was able to box up the words ‘you have cancer’, and all the feelings that went with them, and close the lid.

“CancerCare gave me the tools to help manage my mental health while the NHS dealt with my physical symptoms,” she added.

It’s now Sarah’s job to help spread the word about how we can help people in situations like the one in which she found herself and her lived experience makes her one of the best advocates we have.

Our counselling services are also open to people affected by bereavement, so, if you, or anyone you know, is going through a tough time and could use our help, visit our website or get in touch via our Helpline:

call: 03330 150 628 (charged at standard rate)

email: CancerCareCan@cancercare.org.uk

text: 07860 018 278

www.cancercare.org.uk



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