As a normally fit and energetic person, Laura instinctively knew that something was wrong when she was unable to perform simple physical activity, like climbing the stairs or walking the dog. After a lot of worry and many visits to doctors she was finally diagnosed with Stage 3 Lymphoma.
Laura was scared and felt very alone. Despite having a large circle of friends and a close family, she found it very difficult to discuss her feelings and to talk about her cancer diagnosis and its impact on her life.
Laura is not alone. We know that over 50% of people, newly diagnosed with cancer, have unmet emotional and spiritual needs. Needs that may require more than medicine to be able to live well. At Penny Brohn, we offer one to one services to help meet these needs. For Laura, this was simple nutritional advice as well as therapies such as acupuncture and tools to help with meditation and mindfulness. These were some of the things she needed to get through her darkest times.