When Sarah was first diagnosed with Skin Cancer she was at absolute rock bottom but with help and support from Cancer Support Yorkshire she is starting to feel like herself again…
On 17th August 2016 I went to the Dr with a growth on my ear, I was told on a scale of 1-10 for Skin Cancer referral I was a 9.
On 2nd September I went to see the Consultant who took me straight to theatre to have it removed.
On 22nd September I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Malignant Melanoma.
By the 6th October I was told it was either a mini ear or a coffin.
I didn’t realise that Skin Cancer was life threatening, I felt the rug had been pulled from under me and I knew that that I needed support. I rang a well-known cancer charity who were rude and unsupportive, that’s when I walked into Cancer Support Yorkshire and broke down on Shelley. Shelley is a cancer survivor herself and understood exactly where I was, she just let me off load and gave me a big hug. At no point did I get “that look”, instead I got tea, a biscuit and the feeling I wasn’t alone.
As much as your family try to understand, until you are told you have Cancer, you can empathise as much as you can, but never truly understand the feeling you are never going to be the same again. Shelley gave me the best of advice – that things are not going to be normal, it’s about finding your new normal. She helped me get the strength to be mum, wife and me again, with that one cuppa and a chat.
Since then Cancer Support Yorkshire have provided me with Reiki, advised me in financial matters as the financial cost of cancer is huge, alongside giving me the tools to fight.
On 28th October I had my ear reconstructed and a couple of nodes removed that unfortunately came back cancerous, and as I type this, I’m currently laid in a hospital bed after major neck surgery to remove a salivary gland and all the lymph nodes in my neck.
In 2 weeks time I will be 40 and I will be cancer free! I know I can get through this as I have my family and friends with me, but I also know Cancer Support Yorkshire are at the end of the phone or a drop in if I need them.
I am a cancer survivor and will wear mini ear and my scars with pride thanks to the support I received.