I started my chemo in April 2012 at Cheltenham and also posted asking if anyone was from the area, but I had no replies. I think that because there is a Maggie's Centre in the area, people tend to use that for support. I did go to Maggie's but found it hard to get there for events/ courses etc, because they clashed with my treatment days, or they were fully booked for classses.
I really wanted to find other women who were going through what I was, but I have to say that I didn't. If I turned up at Maggie's, there were nice people to talk to and the staff were lovely, but it was the luck of the draw whether I had anything in common with the people there. I thought I would meet people on my treatment days, but this didn't happen either. I was in a room on my own for some sessions, or in the larger room with all sorts of people having treatment for different reasons. We would chat, but it didn't seem appropriate to exchange numbers.
I found incredible support online here by joining the April Bunnies. The good thing about a Forum is that you can post at any time of the day or night and get a response from someone really quickly.... and that person is going through very similar side effects to yours, or is having the same worries as you.
I remember feeling really needy at the time. The only women I knew who had been through chemo really didn't want to talk about it again, although obviously they were supportive. Just not practically supportive. I wanted to set up a group meeting time for Breast Cancer sufferers at Maggies, because I was sure there were lots of women out there floatign around who just needed a venue and a time, but there were no time slots available.
OK, where does that leave you? The Breast Care nurses are brilliant at Thirlestaine, so don't hesitate to contact them if you are at all worried. And do join or start your own thread here. The April Bunnies are all very different but we have a surprising amount in common and have met up several times since finishing chemo.
I will PM you and if you would like to get in touch, please do. Happy to meet up if you want! I've been really happy with the surgery and treatment at Cheltenham so you will be getting very good care.
Warm, healing vibes winging their way to you,
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