‘I was so wor­rIed but sup­port from the helplIne kept me sane’

Woman & Home - - Health Is The New Wealth -

A AN­DREA RAYNER,

51, IS MAR­RIED WITH T TWO CHIL­DREN AND WAS D DI­AG­NOSED WITH BREAST C CAN­CER IN JUNE 2016. S SHE TELLS HOW CALLED THE BREAST CAN­CER CARE H HELPLINEL LI A NUMBERB OF TIMES THROUGH­OUT HER DI­AG­NO­SIS AND TREAT­MENT:

I MADE ABOUT EIGHT CALLS TO THE HELPLINE. THE FIRST WAS THE DAY AF­TER I WAS DI­AG­NOSED WHEN I WAS IN SHOCK, JUST TO TALK TO SOME­ONE AND GET SOME SUP­PORT. THEN I CALLED AGAIN A WEEK AF­TER WHEN I GOT MY PATHOL­OGY RE­PORT, AS I DIDN’T FEEL A LOT OF IT WAS EX­PLAINED AT THE HOS­PI­TAL. THE VOICE AT THE OTHER END OF THE PHONE WAS SO IN­FOR­MA­TIVE AND LEVEL-HEADED.

THERE WAS A POINT WHERE THE DOC­TORS THOUGHT I HAD CAN­CER IN MY LIVER AS WELL, AND I WAS GO­ING OUT OF MY MIND WITH WORRY. MY MUM PASSED AWAY FROM BREAST CAN­CER, WHICH HAD SPREAD INTO HER LIVER, SO I COULDN’T HELP BUT FEEL THE SAME THING WOULD HAP­PEN TO ME. AGAIN, THE SUP­PORT FROM THE HELPLINE KEPT ME SANE. THANK­FULLY, THE CAN­CER HADN’T SPREAD, AND I WAS ABLE TO GET THROUGH MY SURGERY AND RA­DIO­THER­APY.

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