After my treatment finished I fell apart. I contacted a local charity in Chichester called CancerWise and attended a Living Well with the Impact of Cancer course which was run by Penny Brohn UK. I found the course so helpful that I wanted to do more with Penny Brohn UK and attended the Approach course and a couple of Retreats at the National Centre.
Penny Brohn UK allows me to be myself. I can open up to other people who have been through similar experiences. My friends and family try to understand but they don’t know the detail of what I have been through. Paul and Hazel, have been a great support to me through everything but when I’m at Penny Brohn UK I can really focus on me and my emotions. I don’t have to be afraid of crying when I’m here.
Before I found Penny Brohn UK I felt very lost and had lots of unresolved emotions that I hadn’t dealt with. Penny Brohn UK gives me the space to step away and think about what I really want to do.
When I visit the National Centre I feel calm and can put everything into perspective. I can shut myself away from the world and have the space to focus on my own emotions. Penny Brohn UK has helped me learn a lot about myself.
Last year I was feeling stressed with the enormity of what I have been through, the pressure of looking after elderly relatives and stress from work. I remember arriving at one of the courses late and feeling really stressed. As the day went on I began to feel myself really relax and two people even said to me independently that I looked noticeably better than I had done when I arrived. The support from Penny Brohn has helped me think about what I really want to do in life and helped me to decide to take my pension and work part-time.
I love the gardens at the National Centre. I am a keen photographer and when I visit I enjoy photographing the gardens and capturing them throughout the seasons.
Although I cannot take part in the MoonWalk anymore it has given me a taste for fundraising. I really appreciate that the support at Penny Brohn UK is all provided for free and so I give a monthly donation to the charity and also donate when I attend a course or retreat. I donate because it means so much to me and many others that the vital work of Penny Brohn UK continues.