A series of videos featuring real life stories of people affected by cancer has been launched by CancerCare.
The films have been made to help raise the profile of the work done by the Lancaster charity, and the difference their support has made to people’s lives.
The online videos provide an insight into some of CancerCare’s free therapy services and feature interviews with people who have previously accessed them.
Mum-of-three Andrea Partridge from Lancaster was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer two years ago and underwent a treatment plan that included a course of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and a double mastectomy.
She said: “When CancerCare asked me to feature in their new video and tell my story I jumped at the chance – I want to shout from the roof-tops about how much they’ve helped me and my family!
“I’m so happy that I’ve been given the opportunity to share my experience in such a positive way to help get the message out there about the amazing support local families can access at CancerCare.”
Fraser Smith from Bolton-le-Sands features in a video exploring the Alexander Technique – a unique therapy that helped him recover after cancer treatment.
He said: “CancerCare is a really welcoming place and I was very happy to be involved in the video. If it helps other people then it’s a good thing.”
Caroline from Carnforth features in a video alongside her CancerCare therapist and talks about how hypnotherapy helped her come to terms with her father’s death last year.
She said: “It was such a massive shock when he died. I kept busy at first making arrangements and helping my mum which helped me cope.
“But I later realised I wasn’t actually dealing with my grief. I was just trying to keep a lid on my feelings.
“I started having hypnotherapy sessions at CancerCare and they really helped me. I wanted to share my story with others to highlight the support CancerCare can offer to people who are struggling with bereavement and loss.
“They’ve helped bring back a sense of calm to my life and given me the ability to deal with my emotions more effectively. They’ve helped me put my life back together.”
In her video, mum Sarah Abbot talks about how aromatherapy massage helped her manage some of side effects she experienced after chemotherapy and also how she developed new friendships at CancerCare.
She said: “Having something to look forward to when you’re going through treatment and building a network of support around is so important. Having someone to talk to that understood what I was going through really made a difference to me.”
CancerCare’s head of client services and qualified children & young people’s therapist Emma Jan also features in one of the videos.
She said: “The videos give a real insight into some of our therapies and how they help people cope with the emotional and psychological impact too. I’m so proud of all the clients and therapists who took part. Hopefully people will be able to relate to their experiences and take something positive away from them.”