Having cancer made me feel judged

Linzi shares how our Waterside cancer Support Centre supported her when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020 and took it really hard. I didn’t know where to go or who to speak to.

I felt like people were staring at me

“When I lost my hair, I felt like people were staring at me. It was like they were judging me for having cancer and it knocked my confidence for six.

“I tried to access some support, but I often felt patronised and that it wasn’t for me.

“Then I heard about Wessex Cancer Support from a family friend and I was amazed when I found out there was a Support Centre right near where I live, in Hythe.

I got the support that was right for me

“As soon as I went along, I knew it was a safe place where I could just be me, with no pressure or expectations. Everyone who visits has a chance to talk through the support that would suit them best. I found that chatting with the trained befrienders really helped my mood and the massages left me calmer and better able to sleep. Everyone was so lovely.

We need to talk about cancer more

“I feel like society’s approach to cancer needs to change. We need to talk about cancer more. After all, one in two of us will be diagnosed with it. There should be better awareness and less stigma. That way, we can all get the support we deserve.”