What did 19th July mean to you?
Some people dubbed it ‘Freedom Day’; a day that marked the final major step of England’s roadmap out of lockdown, but for many of us it also signalled the start of another anxious and confusing time as we continued to be bombarded with news about rising cases and isolation ‘chaos.’
This next step may have felt even more poignant if you have cancer.
You’ll know that we’re pleased to be welcoming you back – slowly – for face-to-face support. But we understand that many of you who were previously advised to shield are now feeling anxious that other people’s freedom will lead to you returning to your own personal lockdown; forcing you into a more restricted way of life in order to feel safe.
What’s more, if you’re going through treatment or need surgery, life may continue as it did before 19th July. This includes, for example, wearing a face covering and having your consultations via video link.
Our Head of Services, Colette Cowan, says:
“We do understand that for many reasons, you may be worried about this final step out of lockdown. But you may have other feelings, too. Loneliness, isolation, disempowerment, stagnation and frustration, for example, are normal. If you’re living with a cancer diagnosis, you may be feeling uncertain about this new era and how we seemingly now have to find a way to live with Covid-19. Will life ever go back to how it was? We understand, and want to reassure you that these are perfectly normal reactions to a unique and strange situation.”
Everyone’s situation is different and there’s no right or wrong way to feel. Whilst we’ve reopened our Support Centres, our remote services are continuing alongside face-to-face support.
We’re here for everyone who needs us.
If you do feel you’d benefit from coming to see us, you can do so safe in the knowledge that we’re maintaining high levels of infection control, encouraging our staff and volunteers to be double-vaccinated, regular cleaning, ongoing lateral flow tests and continuing with pre-bookable appointments.
We’ll do everything we can to empower and engage you in a way that works best for you.
It’s important to mention that we’re here for you if you’ve been bereaved. If you’re grieving, you may have felt very isolated during Covid-19. It’s normal to have felt angry and a sense of unfairness during this time. You may have felt frustrated at how long it’s taken to return to some sense of normality so that you can access face-to-face support and find the sense of belonging you so desperately need and deserve in such a difficult time.
You deserve to be able to access the support that suits you best. Of course, Covid-19 has been a challenge, but we’ve been adapting and evolving our support since the start of the pandemic and are regularly reviewing the services we provide. We hope you feel reassured that whatever your circumstances, whatever you’re feeling and whatever is happening with the pandemic, we’ll support you in the best and safest way we can.