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    Sue’s Story

    1st December 2023

    Sue Cooke tells us about her diagnosis of breast cancer and how a course of massage with Cavendish Cancer Care helped her to get back to her old self again following surgery.

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    The Collins-Clark Family (Josh’s Story)

    11th September 2023

    The Collins-Clark Family 2020 was a difficult year for lots of us amid a global pandemic but even more so for one family from Sheffield. In June 2020 Harriet Clark, Ben Collins and their 2 children Finley, then 6, and Josh, 4, travelled to Poole in Dorset to be with…

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    Sarah’s Story

    3rd August 2023

    Sarah Clarke, from Sheffield, ran a half marathon in 2017 and was training for the Round Sheffield run when she noticed that she was becoming breathless and struggling with her usual training routine. She had tightness in her chest and a persistent dry cough. Having visited her GP, she was…

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    Kirsty’s Story

    5th June 2023

    Kirsty Hanberry, from Sheffield, certainly had a lot of plates to spin in October 2020. The owner of a thriving nursery business, she also had two daughters and a stepson to look after plus a recently launched Play Café to manage. In that same month Kirsty also found thickened area…

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    Jill’s story

    24th May 2023

    Jill turned to writing poetry after her diagnosis of breast cancer. Here she talks about how Cavendish helped her family during a difficult time.

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    Karyn’s Story

    18th May 2023

    Karyn was just 30 when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She undertook her treatment during the height of Covid restrictions. Here she talks about her experience with Cavendish and the long term effects of cancer treatment.

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    Cressida’s story

    17th February 2020

    Shortly after retiring, Cressida was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. She says Cavendish helped her cope with anxiety, so she could access her radiotherapy and “keep moving forward.”

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    Pauline’s Story

    10th February 2020

    After coming through the centre, Pauline decided to walk 1,000 miles to fundraise for us!

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    Julie L’s Story

    22nd October 2019

    Julie L. has been living with breast cancer for thirteen years. She says Cavendish reached out to her and gave her the support she needed when she felt most alone.

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    Paul’s Story

    15th October 2019

    Paul, 68, from Sheffield, is a retired nurse and father of two children. He lost his wife, Kathy, to lung cancer in 2016. To help manage his grief, he accessed counselling, massage, reflexology and art therapy at Cavendish Cancer Care. He says that Cavendish helped him get to a healthy place again.

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    Bethany’s Story

    11th September 2019

    Bethany, 26, from Chapeltown in Sheffield, was hit by three cancer diagnoses in her family within just one year. She says Cavendish Cancer Care helped her manage her anxiety, so she could feel like herself again.

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    Julie’s Story

    2nd August 2019

    “You can feel so alone when you’re diagnosed with cancer. You’re just hit with this awful news, and you don’t know anything about what’s going to happen to you. That’s why Cavendish is so important – it’s a place full of lovely, helpful people, that’s always there if you need it. It’s been such a reassuring presence for me and my family, like a friend we can always turn to."

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    Helen’s Story

    15th July 2019

    Helen, 29, from Sheffield, lost her dad to brain cancer at the age of 10. Both her and her mum received counselling at Cavendish Cancer Care.

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    Jim’s Story

    9th April 2019

    Jim, 67, is a businessman from Calver. He was diagnosed with a melanoma in his nose in 2017. "I would most certainly recommend Cavendish. It’s a lovely, welcoming haven - the NHS has been brilliant, but as a complementary service to the NHS, it’s hugely beneficial."

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    Bev’s Story

    18th January 2019

    “Cavendish gave me a lot of reassurance and support; I didn’t feel dependent, I felt encouraged. Cavendish make you feel like you’re in charge, but they are by your side. You’re the driving force and they get behind you to help you achieve.”

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    Michael’s Story

    23rd November 2018

    “The mental health side of cancer is overlooked. I experienced through what happened to me that the surgeons, urologists and nurses have a job to do and that’s to make me better. The emotional and mental side of it isn’t necessarily their job description. That’s where Cavendish really comes into its element, they’re equally as important as treatment. They go hand in hand.”

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    Nicky’s Story

    7th November 2018

    Nicky is 52, and has been married for 30 years. She has two daughters aged 21 and 24, and a house full of animals. In December 2014, at the age of 49, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was supported by Cavendish Cancer Care through physio healing, after having chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She has since volunteered for Cavendish as part of the Buddy Scheme.

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    Carly’s Story

    17th September 2018

    Carly was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 26: she came to the Cavendish for sessions of reflexology and healing between having treatment and working. She has since become Events Manager at the local Abbeydale Brewery, and has rallied together a team to run in the Sheffield 10k in aid of Cavendish.

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    Gabriel’s Story

    3rd September 2018

    "People didn’t tell me at first that my mum’s cancer was terminal. I came to my own realisation of how ill she was a few of weeks before she passed away.” Gabriel, 23, lost his mum to cancer when he was just 15 years old. He was supported by Cavendish Cancer Care’s Children and Young Peoples service at the time and since then has volunteered for the speaking team to raise awareness of Cavendish's work.

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    Peter’s Story

    15th June 2015

    The transformation in me since starting my treatment at the Cavendish has been amazing. I feel so much better - I’m sleeping well, I’m less anxious, I’ve got more energy, more enthusiasm, and more confidence.

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    Holly’s story

    20th March 2015

    Holly, 23, is a midwife from Sheffield. She was a carer for her Nan, who sadly passed away from cancer in August 2014.

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    Phil’s story

    16th May 2014

    was 53 years of age in Dec 2005 when the diagnosis was made. I was a man’s man and when my wife found a lump on my neck I didn’t want to bother the GP but my wife insisted. I had served as a Fire Officer with South Yorkshire…

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    Louise’s story

    16th May 2014

    The difficult thing is coming to terms with the fear of it coming back. That’s where Cavendish can help. Louise worked for Cavendish for 8 years as a therapist, offering Reiki and reflexology. In 2012 she was diagnosed with bladder cancer and became…

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    Kurt’s story

    16th May 2014

    On the 10th December 2009 my world came close to ending. My best friend, my buddy, my wife to be was in theatre at Sheffield Royal Hallamshire Hospital having a major operation to remove a cancerous tumour from her abdomen. To get all technical it was a retroperitoneal sarcoma,…

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    Dallas’s story

    16th May 2014

    I’m a talker, from a family of talkers, but I just couldn’t find the words to say how I felt. Dallas was diagnosed with breast cancer on April 11th 2003 aged 33. At the time she was working as a primary school teacher.

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