There’s no easy way to go through cancer, but when you’re also going through a marriage breakdown, life can be especially tough.
This spring, Diane shares her story of how cancer wasn’t going to get in the way of her success. She tells of how Penny Brohn played a significant role in helping her to achieve her goals and stay resilient not only during her cancer treatment but during the breakdown of her marriage.

For many years, Penny Brohn was on my radar but I had no idea what a tremendous difference it would end up making to me and my family.

When I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2016 all that changed. I was scared and felt out of control. A close friend suggested we meet for lunch at the charity’s national centre in Pill – and thank goodness she did.

“I am grateful every single day for stepping through the doors of Penny Brohn UK.” – Diane


The feelings I got there were of strength, courage and hope; of ‘I can get through this and it’s not going to be the end of me’.

I met some incredible people from all walks of life; I learnt about what happens to your body through treatment and recovery; I was introduced to spiritual and emotional wellbeing, and how to eat well and ultimately live well with cancer.

It was so inspiring and I remain so thankful for that experience and the courage it gave me to look ahead.

Not long after, I had surgery to remove my tumour and started FEC-T chemotherapy – the biggest dose of everything they can possible give you. My mind set was ‘bring it on’. I decided, this is going to rid me of my cancer and the potential of it coming back, and give me a clean slate to focus on my business and see a future for me and my family.

I’m not sure I would have been able to take that attitude if it wasn’t for the counselling I received from Penny Brohn UK. I was in and out of hospital all the time during treatment but I never wanted to cancel my counselling; it meant that much to me.

My counsellor, Sue, helped me to stop feeling helpless and a failure, whether because of my diagnosis, my children or my marriage.

Sue helped me come to terms with everything and in my last session, I was a blubbering wreck of gratitude.

I’m still taking strength from those sessions, and I take comfort in knowing that Penny Brohn UK will always be there for me.

The fact that Penny Brohn UK’s services are available free of charge to those who need them is really significant. From my own perspective, as a newly single parent with a start-up company there was certainly no money for counselling. I’m so grateful that Penny Brohn UK could open its doors to me.

That’s down to your generosity. Thank you for supporting Penny Brohn UK today.

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