By supporting Q Radiothon you will be making a real difference to the lives of people affected by cancer and terminal illness across Northern Ireland. People like Natasha from Carryduff.
Natasha is a 35 year old student nurse who works part time as a nursing auxiliary. When she was 33, Natasha got the shock of her life when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer that had metastasized to the liver. Following surgery and chemo, which she found very difficult, Natasha is now cancer free. Natasha shares her story of how Action Cancer supported her throughout her cancer journey.
“Action Cancer was a place to go where I felt safe, it was always a pleasant experience because most of the time that I spent outside the house, was within hospitals either preparing for chemotherapy, having chemotherapy or because of the side effects caused by the chemotherapy. All of these appointments were focused, being prodded and poked and involved pain and were invasive and upsetting. So not only did Action Cancer help me combat the physical effects of my diagnosis and treatment by providing complementary therapies like massages and the use of aromatherapy oil, they also helped me find ways to move forward psychologically as they knew this was important to me.
“Action Cancer House in Belfast is spectacular; staff are really friendly and everything is absolutely spotless. I attended during lockdown and I felt very safe. PPE was worn by both parties and social distancing was adhered to, everyone was also asked about their symptoms before attending their appointments and temperatures were also taken. The therapists were very knowledgeable and knew what products to use. They were careful to use products that wouldn’t irritate the skin while going through chemotherapy. They knew exactly what to do to help counteract any symptoms and they really honed in on my symptoms and my feelings. Every time I left, I felt so much more human in comparison to when I walked in.
“I would urge anyone with cancer to get in touch and see what is available to them. While face-to-face therapeutic appointments aren’t going ahead at present, I would really advise taking advantage of any online classes and sessions especially during the pandemic where everything feels so much more intense. Having a cancer diagnosis can leave someone feeling very lonely and especially now when there are tight restrictions in place, taking part in these sessions will help. Action Cancer hopes to resume its face-to-face services soon as restrictions begin to lift. These guys are doing wonderful work, they have an impact on anyone going through a tough chapter in their life.
“Family members can also avail of these therapeutic services, this is such a wonderful initiative. I think we underestimate what Ioved ones go through when there’s been a cancer diagnosis. The person diagnosed is so busy actively taking part in treatments to fight the disease and survive and loved ones can only sit by and watch someone go through something that will change their life forever, it’s traumatizing. So, I really think it’s great that Action Cancer is helping loved ones affected and acknowledging how tough it might be for them.
“I would really like to encourage anyone who is able to make any kind of donation to the Q Radiothon appeal to please do so. Action Cancer has helped so many people including myself who are fighting some really tough battles. They wouldn’t be able to provide those life changing services without the kindness and help from the public.”