“Having originally visited my GP with what I thought was the start of menopause, it was a shock to be told that I had endometrial cancer. At South West Acute Hospital, I was given so much information about early diagnosis, Grade 1, and talk of a hysterectomy. I felt overwhelmed, as I never expected this to happen to me.
Thankfully, my treatment moved quickly, and I was looked after so well by the NHS. I tried to be positive during this time, for myself and my loved ones; I knew my family & friends would be concerned about my mental wellbeing.
I have always been a deep thinker and a born worrier. Living in rural Fermanagh, travelling miles for appointments, and not having a professional cancer support network around me when I was plagued with the ‘What’s wrong with me?’ question, did make things difficult.
Luckily, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland arrived in my life at the right time. The charity’s Enniskillen fundraising group had first told me about the counselling support provided by the charity. Thanks to Helen, the most wonderful counsellor, I began to develop the skills needed to control and understand my thoughts and feelings. While I was not depressed during this time, I knew that I had issues with anxiety.