Some of these wonderful people and groups that I have utilised during this time includes; YBCN (Young Breast Cancer Network), Macmillan, Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Now, Working with Cancer, my GP, all my healthcare professionals, my surgeons, my breast care nurses, my oncologist. My gorgeous family and friends. And the list goes on. They have all played such a crucial role in keeping me grounded, being there when I need them the most, keeping me sane and supporting me throughout.
CHARITIES AND ORGANISATIONS
Macmillan – A really amazing amount of resources are available from this wonderful charity. I accessed a lot of my booklets and info from the Ipswich Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre. I also accessed their website a lot which helped me massively https://www.macmillan.org.uk/ They also have a helpline which anyone can access. Call 0808 808 00 00 to chat to someone.
CRUK (Cancer Research UK) – For detail and info on everything to do with cancer, detection, diagnosis, lots of info on research and science too. https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/ CRUK also have a helpline to answer all Cancer queries. Call 0808 800 4040.
Breast Cancer Now – Awesome support for anyone going through a breast cancer diagnosis. I used this charity a lot with seeking advice and I also rang their helpline a couple of times. They were there in times of need. Their helpline team are just amazing. Call 0808 800 6000 to chat to someone or visit https://www.breastcancernow.org
Coppafeel – Co-founded by the inspirational Kris Hallenga and her twin sister Kristen. It was founded by them both after Kris’ incurable breast cancer diagnosis at aged 23. Coppafeel is an incredible charity that has done so much for breast cancer awareness and educating younger people of being boob aware. https://coppafeel.org
Working with Cancer – I spoke to these during a crucial point after my operation. They were amazing and helped me massively. Working With Cancer® helps employees, employers, the self-employed, job seekers and carers to manage cancer and work. You can access all info here https://workingwithcancer.co.uk/about-us/our-team/
YBCN (Young Breast Cancer Network) – Set up and launched by the fabulous and inspirational Victoria Yates, this group is an online support mechanism and has helped thousands of ladies. In my opinion one of the best support groups out there. Chat privately with other young women from the UK/Ireland who’ve had a breast cancer diagnosis and are or under 45 years of age. https://www.facebook.com/YoungerBreastCancerNetwork/
Gateway Women UK – https://www.facebook.com/GatewayWomenUK/
OTHER AREAS THAT HELPED ME
RFYL – Run For Your Life – I joined this fantastic online community a few years after my diagnosis and it soon became a crucial part of my recovery. I was able to share updates of my running with like minded people. I really do recommend joining this if running is your thing. Or if you are thinking of running. The members come from all walks of life, different abilities, different ages, different running interests, some belong to clubs but a lot don’t. It’s super cool for encouragement, seeking advice and sharing your running updates. https://www.facebook.com/groups/runforyourlifeuk
SLEEP – Sleeping well and being able to switch off I have found hard throughout my treatment. Both myself and my husband suffered here so we sought out something that would help us. We came across Michael Sealey on YouTube. He focuses on sleep meditation, guided meditation and hypnotherapy. Totally recommend. https://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelSealey
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