Carol’s Story

While undergoing cancer treatment in 2020, Carol drove past Helen Rollason’s centre in Hatfield Peverel and decided to call in and speak to someone.  She is so glad she did.  The staff she spoke to were so welcoming and helpful, and she has not looked back. 

She was diagnosed with breast cancer, had surgery then started radiotherapy treatment in 2020. Luckily, she was able to have several treatments at the Helen Rollason centre before the Covid lockdown.  Reflexology helped her to completely de-stress and made her feel calm and relaxed.  She also benefitted from the yoga and mindfulness sessions.  During lockdown, she was surprised and grateful when one of the charity’s counsellors was in contact with her to ask how she was. 

Living alone, she often felt she had no-one to talk to about how she was really feeling.  Not wanting to cause concern for family and friends, she tended to tell them that she was doing fine.  The charity has provided her with vital support, and she has been able to talk to people about how she is coping with cancer. 

Carol says:  

“The best things about Helen Rollason for me have been the wonderful staff who understand me and having the opportunity to talk to other people living with cancer.  I attend their coffee mornings and have had so much support and understanding from others in the same boat as me.  This, together with the treatments on offer, helped me get through my treatment.” 

Carol is so grateful for the help and support she received that, once she felt better, she decided she wanted to give something back.  She now volunteers for the charity one day per week in eBay, supporting other volunteers and managing our eBay orders.

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