But those fears quickly evaporated once in the beautiful building – and after I’d soaked up the warmth and understanding of the other clients and staff. And I came away after that first visit feeling very positive, like I’d taken the first steps to regaining some kind of control over my life again, and that some hope had returned.
This positive feeling returns every time I visit. And this is for me, the strongest reason for attending (and re-attending) any of the Penny Brohn workshops and courses. Regularly going to the Centre literally makes me ‘feel good’. It lifts my spirits, empowers me, and sends me home feeling more positive and more hopeful. Yes – the prospect of sharing my own story was at first a bit scary. But having done it once, the dam just breaks, and a great weight was lifted from my shoulders. And nothing beats meeting, sharing and listening to the individual stories of the other clients – people who ‘know’ – people who ‘get it’ – people who ‘just understand’, what you and your family are going through, and all the implications.
Like many others I’ve spoken to, I’ve found receiving a cancer diagnosis strangely empowering. It forced me to stop and reassess every part of my life, and decide what was important and what was not. And Penny Brohn has added to that empowerment, by giving me a wonderful set of ’empowerment tools’. And by offering me an alternative ‘whole body’ approach to treatment, and to life ‘with’ cancer, Penny Brohn has given me hope.