Nicky is 52, and has been married for 30 years this year. 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.
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.
My initial assessment was a very positive, helpful and supportive experience. It allowed my family and I to come to terms with the early reaction to my diagnosis. The assessor actively listened and allowed me to talk freely to someone who as not personally connected to me or my family. It was so important when I found myself in a situation at a stage of my life that I had not planned.
Sitting in my first session I was thinking. “What is talking to somebody going to do? Talking to you isn’t going to take this away.”
Anna my assessor, was calm. She said, “You’re right I can’t take it away. So let’s concentrate on what I can do for you.” That’s what Cavendish are brilliant at … we just focused on things I could change, not what I couldn’t.