Charmaine is there for her patients from the moment they’re diagnosed, all the way through the cancer journey. As well as providing information and support, she’s there to listen too.
‘Sometimes it’s just letting them offload their worries. They feel like they can’t talk to partners or family members because they don’t want them to see a chink in their armour. So I tell them they can talk to me about anything they want.
Being a Macmillan Nurse means that I look after patients from the point of diagnosis all the way through their journey.
I love my job because I know I make a difference
Charmaine says it’s also helpful for her patients to talk to others who have finished treatment. 'Cancer can be all-consuming, but we try to show them there’s light at the end of the tunnel. They just need to get through treatment, and then learn to live with the effects of the cancer – not for it to take over their whole life.'
And Charmaine can see the impact her support has. 'I love my job because I know I make a difference. Because I see patients come out the other side, stronger and able to talk about it. Being a Macmillan nurse is like wearing a badge of honour, and I love it.'
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