Anne Bodenham, 57, from Croydon used the Dimbleby Cancer Care Information and Support Services last year when she was diagnosed with Thymoma, an extremely rare cancer of the thymus gland that only affects two in a million people. She said:
“The charity provides such a vital service in supporting people living with cancer and their families. After my treatment I realised the enormity of all I’d been through and couldn’t imagine how I’d ever be ‘normal’ again. This is where I found the support of Dimbleby Cancer Care invaluable. I also had six sessions with the charity’s complementary therapist team who helped me relax and focus on myself and just de-stress. I also had two counselling sessions with the charity’s therapists who reassured me that the anxiety I felt following my successful treatment was quite normal.
“After my operation the charity gave me one if its free pillows to help. It was something so small but it made such a difference. I can’t stress enough how helpful I found the pillow whilst I was recovering from my operation. It was very supportive for my neck and my legs underneath my knees and I also used it to protect my chest which was very delicate post operation. It has such a positive impact on the quality of cancer care in the UK and it is reassuring to know that with this appeal others like me will benefit from it.”
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