Kate on reaching out

Kate hugging her friend Lou
Kate hugging her friend Lou

Kate has received support from her family, friends and community since being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma

They have helped her feel comfortable with her identity, making her feel normal again.

Kate's story

I couldn’t do this without the support of my family and friends. 

In the days before I was initially diagnosed, my friend Lou cooked me dinner every night. When I was tired and having chemotherapy, she would make sure I was comfortable and cook up something fantastic.

The worry when you’re diagnosed with cancer is that being a cancer patient will become a part of your identity. Lou has done so much to make me feel like Kate again. She has been a constant source of entertainment and companionship. 

I’m also lucky enough to come from a very close knit community. I’ve had support from all sorts of areas. 

I get my meat from a butcher’s in Emsworth. I really appreciate that they have never shied away from asking me how I am and how my treatment is going. It makes you feel like it’s no longer an elephant in the room.

I think a lot of people are afraid to talk about cancer directly. But I’d much rather have it out in the open. That’s the only way that people are going to become more comfortable about going to the doctor.

Most significantly, I am fortunate enough to have, Mark, who is an incredibly loyal, loving, and unbelievably strong partner. I know he would follow me to hell and back. While I was ill and refusing help he pretty much did. 

Watch: all about Kate's experiences

Watch: all about Kate's experiences