Cathy used to be a gynaecology nurse, so knew how serious it was when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. ‘I just felt dazed really. I knew it must be bad, but I didn’t know how bad it would be.'
She says her lowest point came after she’d finished treatment. ‘Once you’ve stopped chemo, you’re on your own. I've never been the type who could talk to my family about things, so it can be quite lonely.’
But Cathy did find she could talk to her Macmillan nurse, Claire – who now works at the local Macmillan information and support centre. ‘If Claire hadn’t been there, I would have struggled. It’s just a lovely feeling that you can speak to the Macmillan staff or helpers and know that it goes no further. They don’t think any less of you because you’re in tears.’
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