No one can explain how you feel when you are told you have breast cancer. In January 2014 l received this news which would change my life completely. I was at a loss as to what to do and despite having my family who could not have been more supportive, I felt l did not want to worry them with how l was really feeling and the dark thoughts l was having.
The breast cancer nurse then told me about Breast Friends Solihull and l went along to my first meeting. Everyone was so welcoming. l then realised that despite me feeling so alone, there were many people in the group who like me had been recently diagnosed or had continued to be part of the group for many years following their recovery.
We shared experiences and l received lots of advice from members who understood what l was going through. The next year was a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences but l knew if l needed support Breast Friends was there for me.
When l was in remission, l then became a Commitee member, and helped support others going through their treatment and offered advice when l felt able to. I made lots of new friends and despite moving to Dorset, I am still in touch with people that l met during this time. We continue to support each other as we understand what it is like to have had a diagnosis of Breast Cancer. For anyone with a diagnosis of Breast cancer l would recommend joining Breast Friends as you will never be alone.
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