When Kate was diagnosed with Cancer for the second time she was determined to do things differently, with a little bit of Hope and some support from Cancer Support Yorkshire she did…
My journey with cancer began when I was diagnosed with Myeloid Leukaemia at the age of 12. I am incredibly grateful for the treatment I received, but back in the early 80’s cancer wasn’t talked about much. My parents, in an attempt to continue as normal, didn’t talk about it and my friends at school had no idea what I was going through. The whole experience left me feeling totally isolated.
So, when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in my 40’s I was determined I wasn’t going back to that lonely place. A friend told me about Cancer Support Yorkshire, as she’d been involved in fundraising for them, and told me to get myself down there! I contacted them, and had a plan in place to start attending groups as soon as I felt able to after my surgery. I attended the Watercolour classes which were so relaxing and the Meditation group where I’ve met an amazingly supportive group of people. Had it not been for the cancer, I would not have met these people and it just shows that good things can come from tough situations.
Having cancer forces you to look at your life, and I realised I needed to take better care of myself, and not stress so much about work and life. The support I get from the centre helps me to do that, and continues to help me deal with the pressures of work and keeping myself well.
Now, my partner, Andy, and I run regular craft sessions at the centre. The sessions are a place where people can meet, learn a new skill and chat as much or as little as they want to. Attending groups helped me to feel that I wasn’t on my own, and it feels good to be able to give something back in this way too.