For this year’s Christmas appeal, Paul asks you to join him in making a donation to Penny Brohn UK to help people with cancer. Here’s why.

I feel like I’ve been given permission to be myself again.

That’s why I’m asking if you will please join me in making a gift to Penny Brohn this Christmas. A gift of £20 for example, could enable this extraordinary charity to help more people get the help they need and carry on – even when they know they may face an uncertain future.

One in three people with cancer, experience a mental health problem such as depression or anxiety. Our biggest fear is not being here to help people, like Paul find a way to live well with cancer.

Help us to help more people like Paul get the right support to live well this Christmas.

If you’d told me that I could live well with cancer I’m not sure I’d have believed you. But in so many ways it’s true. I feel like I’ve been given permission to be myself again. I don’t feel my life is dominated by a medical approach, my focus has shifted towards me and what I can do for myself. It hasn’t been easy, so many of the changes cancer brings are utterly terrifying and I wouldn’t have made it this far without Penny Brohn.

Life doesn’t stop when we’re diagnosed with cancer. But it does change immediately. Often in the most frightening and overwhelming way.

At diagnosis, 9 out of 10 of us will need more than medicine to cope with all the ways cancer impacts our life. Yet most of us do not know what holistic support is available nor where to find it. And, what’s worse, most of us are not encouraged to do so.

The minute we are diagnosed, cancer can take over our life. It can become a never ending roundabout of appointment after appointment; test after test; scan after scan. Cancer dominates every waking hour, leaving us feeling frightened, overwhelmed and very negative about the future.

When Paul was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer, it was such a shock and hugely traumatising. He felt that cancer took over his life and he felt hopeless.

I remember buying a new kettle not long after I was diagnosed. I couldn’t be bothered to fill out the two year guarantee as I didn’t think I would live that long.

Paul didn’t think there was a way for him to live well with cancer but through Penny Brohn UK he has found a way – a way to be himself again.

It doesn’t have to be that way. We’re here for you and together, we’ll help you approach cancer differently, helping you to find yourself again

I wanted to get myself back, and recover my dignity which had been lost during treatment. Coming to Penny Brohn has helped change my thought process. I now realise there are things I can do to help myself and the medical approach is only one part. I really felt like I was getting “me” back; no longer feeling like I’d been taken over by the chemo.

Paul was anxious about seeing cancer as something he needed to fight because he didn’t want his daughters to see it as something he could lose.

It was relief for Paul to accept that he wasn’t in a battle with cancer. You can read more about how Paul found ways to be himself again here.

To keep our services free for all those that need them we rely on donations from people like you.

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