By supporting Q Radiothon you will be making a real difference to the lives of families affected by cancer and terminal illness across Northern Ireland. When Julie Sullivan was diagnosed with thyroid cancer she was worried about her daughters Lucy and Hannah. Julie shares their story.
“I was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2014. The doctors took out my thyroid, and at the time my two daughters didn’t know anything about it. But then unfortunately two years later I had a scan. The cancer had come back and it was more aggressive. This time I knew I had to tell the girls as I was going to have major surgery, followed by treatment.
“When I told Lucy and Hannah they were devastated. They were scared they weren’t going to have their mum. I don’t have my parents here, so my support network was very limited to good friends and family. I worried about the girls when I was going through my treatment. I was worried about how they would cope not having me there which is why I was delighted when we were able to get support from Cancer Fund for Children.”
“A friend suggested I contact the charity. That was when Joe one of their Cancer Support Specialists came to visit us. He spoke to the girls and did fun things with them. That led on to them going to residentials in Narnia, the charity’s log cabin, where they met other kids their age going through the same thing. They had an absolute ball. It was great for me to know when they were there, they were being looked after, they were having fun, and they were just being kids.”
A Little Piece of Heaven
“We also stayed in Cancer Fund for Children’s short break centre, Daisy Lodge. Daisy Lodge is just this little piece of absolute heaven when you are going through a cancer diagnosis. Our short break gave us all some respite from what was going on at home. I didn’t have to worry about the kids and they had fun. I was able to rest and be pampered and forget about hospital appointments for a while.”
Cancer Fund for Children are Amazing
Support from Cancer Fund for Children has really helped me because it’s allowed me to go through what I needed to go through knowing that if the kids needed someone to talk to they had made friends going through the same thing.”
“I have to say, all of the staff at Cancer Fund for Children are amazing. They know the kids and are so supportive. I just don’t think I could have gone through this myself without Cancer Fund for Children helping me and my kids.
“The public should absolutely donate to Q Radiothon. I can’t stress enough that when you are going through cancer it doesn’t just affect the patient, it affects the whole family. Support services from charities like Cancer Fund for Children help to take a bit of the burden off you when you are going through such a horrible thing. Any little thing that anybody can give will help.
By supporting Q Radiothon you’ll be making a real difference to the lives of parents and children like Julie, Lucy and Hannah. Q Radiothon is committed to supporting local people and families by raising vital funds to support our four fantastic charity partners. If you would like to help us make a difference, you can get involved here.