Support through chemotherapy
The Penny Brohn courses and Treatment Support Clinics offered unconditional support throughout my treatment. This was through visualisations, meditations, healing sessions and acupuncture. Most importantly, I listened to others share their personal experiences of treatment and as a result made decisions about my own treatment that I would never have known existed.
During one session, I received a prescription from the doctor to be “excessively gentle” to myself during chemo. Nowhere else in the world does a doctor prescribe that!
The “C” word is emotive for everyone. The word itself can bring up questions of our own mortality both for those with the diagnosis and those who are supporting. My parents were able to attend Treatment Support Clinics, receive support and share their own feelings. It is comforting to me to know that they were supported too.
Support to change
I had always been an “all or nothing” kind of girl. Running my own business as a lawyer, I was always striving to do more, be more and have more. Despite several “burn outs”, I hadn’t yet learned that my life choices around food, alcohol, work and stress may have had a negative effect on my body.
I used to be annoyed by people telling me to “slow down” and seek “balance” in my life. Joy and happiness had been squeezed out to make room for more ‘important’ tasks. The Bristol Whole Life Approach gave me some small ideas to support personalised changes and a new way of living that included rest, relaxation and loving what I do.
It has been an amazing year. Thank-you Penny Brohn and all who support you.