When Anna was diagnosed with cancer, Macmillan helped her and her family through the toughest time of their lives.
When Anna went to the doctors she thought she had nothing more than the flu. Following the doctor’s advice, Anna had her blood tested, but it wasn’t the flu as she had suspected.
That same evening she found herself in a panic. She was called by the hospital and was told to come in immediately. She rushed in still wearing her pyjamas, with her parents stepping in to look after her daughter Imogen.
When the consultant told them it was leukaemia, Anna’s husband, Lee, burst into tears. Neither of them could understand it. They thought it was a cancer that kids got, or much older people. Anna was a young mum with a family. She just wasn’t expecting it.
It was around that time Anna and her family met Tracy. She was to become their rock supporting Anna, Lee, Anna’s parents, and their daughter Imogen.
There are so many ways Tracy helped Anna’s whole family during the ordeal of her treatment. Anna was too sick to be treated at home, so was on really strong chemotherapy for almost six months. It was gruelling for Anna but also for her husband Lee, who Tracy gave tireless support, giving him advice and help on how to cope with visiting Anna and looking after Imogen on his own. Tracy also helped Lee apply for a Macmillan grant, which allowed him to make the hour and half round trip daily to visit his wife; he just wouldn’t have been able to afford to do this, still pay all of the bills and care for Imogen single-handedly. Tracy was there for Anna’s parents too, if they had any questions they knew they could rely on Tracy to give them the answers.
By supporting the Macmillan Family Appeal and donating today, you can help fund more nurses like Tracy who offer medical, practical and emotional support to families just like Anna’s, because families shouldn’t face cancer alone.donate
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