Just when these women think they are turning a corner and putting their cancer diagnosis behind them, it comes back and slaps them in the face. Very often the second round hits home harder than the first and sends them reeling.
It also affects me deeply too and I’m finding it harder to deal with each recurrence. I feel like I’ve become very close to a lot of these women; some have been with us for a few years and each time the rollercoaster takes a swing round the corner it’s like a punch in the stomach.
Maybe it’s just me being a menopausal old fart, but I can’t help but feel the pain and anguish that these women are going through. At least half a dozen in the past few months have heard the news that we all dread – so much for womb cancer being an “easy” cancer to have!!
How can we ever get our lives back on track and find some sense of normality when we have the thought of it coming back hanging over us? Do we try and ignore it or learn to live with it as an inevitable side effect of being a cancer patient?
Try as do to detach myself from what is happening to others, I can’t help but feel their fear and frustration as they face the future of more gruelling treatment.
One thing is for sure though, WCSUK will always be here for them and we will support them throughout whatever comes their way.