When I was diagnosed, I was running a successful nanny business and had to travel a lot. It all had slow down because I couldn’t carry on with what I had been doing. A lot of worries come with cancer. The financial worries, the worries about not being able to get work. I worry about having to sign on, which I hate. And there’s the worry of the cancer coming back, you know. I’m only three years in remission, so it could come back.
Over in Maidstone, there’s a group called GOSH for people with gynaecological cancers. It’s run by three Macmillan nurses. It has been brilliant because everyone there has had a gynaecological cancer so we can all relate to each other. It’s good to talk things through with them. One month we might do an activity, another month we’ll have a talk by a consultant or something. It’s just good to get together with them and of course, they’ve all been through the same thing, so they understand what it’s like. From the time you’re diagnosed to when you go into remission, you always need that support. The cancer’s always on your mind so it’s just really good to talk. The group’s been a lifesaver for me.
Through Macmillan, I received two grants – one to help pay for bills, and another to help fix my car. These helped a lot. I’m quite isolated where I live, so my car is my lifeline. I need a car to get into town, to get to the gym or to go shopping. I’ve always driven – I drive every day. Without it I’d be stuck. Macmillan also put me in touch with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Canterbury, who they had teamed up with.