HOW CHAI CANCER CARE HELPED ONE MAN AND HIS WIFE
Charlie Wolf, 49, was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2007. The radio presenter and political commentator explains how Chai helped him come to terms with his illness:
“The doctors found my cancer early and removed the kidney. I thought that would be an end to it, but cancer is not an easy thing to go through.
“There is nothing that can match what it’s like to be told you have cancer. It’s the single most stupefying, have-your-head-hitagainst-the-wall moment.
“I didn’t know about Chai, but a friend with breast cancer told me to call them. At first it sounded like a tree-hugging thing, but I came in to see chief executive Elaine Kerr and we spent about 90 minutes going through things.
“For me, it really lifted the weight.
“I don’t know where I would have been without Chai’s help.
“Just about every cancer patient will feel a twinge somewhere and think the cancer is spreading. It takes the people here, who understand it, to say, ‘Listen, it’s not spreading, everybody goes through this’, and that way they calm you down.
“Cancer affects the whole family and my wife was able to come and talk to people on whatever level she needed. I just wish doctors were able to tell patients about charities like this.
“This week my back has been sore so I came for reflexology. If you feel a bit under the weather, they will help.
“I will always be a cancer patient, and Chai will always be there for me. I’m so thankful for the way they have taken care of me.
“Help has to start at home and you cannot just rely on the NHS.
“You must donate to Chai — because one day it could be you, in need of the charity’s help.”
Charlie Wolf: “I’m so thankful”