Patricia Rollins’ story

Patricia Rollins shares how Art Therapy has helped her through her cancer journey by expressing things that can’t be put into words.


“In March 2019, my life changed forever. I had felt a lump in my breast and visited my GP who initially thought it was a cyst but referred me for further tests at the Ulster Hospital.


“I was later informed that it was a tumour and soon afterwards, I received my diagnosis of stage 2 breast cancer. I was then put forward for two separate breast surgeries, a course of chemotherapy and then radiotherapy.


“Treatment ended in November 2019 and then, 4 months later, the pandemic started and I had to shield for several months throughout 2020 so it was an incredibly hard time.

“Joanne and Cancer Focus NI’s Art Therapy service came into my life just when I needed it before lockdown. I was warmly welcomed by the group and I really enjoy the friendships created around the art table and seeing other people’s creativity.


“After such a tough time, it was so relaxing to lose myself in the art. I’ve found it a real comfort and loved the company. The therapy has provided me with the opportunities to meet other local people who have been affected by cancer.


“I have been able to learn new skills like needle felting and art journaling which has kept my mind free from worry and filled with positive creativity.


“I believe that Art Therapy helps me to express things that I can’t put into words.”


“I’d encourage anyone who is having treatment or has had cancer to think about using the service, as I believe it is such a healthy and uplifting way to help you explore the many emotions you go through on your cancer journey.”


“None of this support though is possible without your help and donations. I am so grateful to your generosity and to Cancer Focus NI for the services they provide for people like myself.”


A donation today of £23.01p will provide half an hour of face-to-face art therapy or, if you can donate more, £46.02p will support a one-hour session for someone affected by cancer, here in Northern Ireland.”


This Christmas, your donation is needed more than ever to support the Art Therapy service which continues to be in high demand. Our sessions help people to express emotions such as fear, anxiety, stress and depression when words fail them.