Danielle’s Story – Coping with a Cancer diagnosis

Danielle - Coping with Cancer

Diagnosis

It was July 2019 when I discovered a lump in my groin, and I couldn’t help but instantly panic.

I sat for a week thinking about it, too scared to visit the doctors. At 26 I did not think it would be cancer but still I was scared to find out.

Two-weeks after discovering the lump I had a doctor’s appointment booked at which I was referred to the hospital.

At the hospital I received a scan and a biopsy which was something I had no previous knowledge of. Unfortunately, at the time I did not know where to seek any knowledge on what a biopsy was which added to my worrying. A couple of weeks after the biopsy I was given my diagnosis of Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a rare disorder that can cause the damage of tissue to form in one or more places in the body.

Treatment

Six months after my diagnosis I was informed I wouldn’t be receiving further treatment as it would be better for my health to monitor the lump than to operate due to the location of the cells.

It has been hard accepting this decision.

The lack of uncertainty surrounding whether or not it could get worse lead to my mental health spiraling.

Getting help

It was not until my health visitor came to see my newborn son that she noticed a drastic difference in me, she could tell that I was not coping well and referred me to a mental health doctor.

The doctor gave me a list of organisations to contact, but it wasn’t until I found Coping with Cancer that things clicked.

I have been receiving telephone counselling with Helen and speaking on the phone was what really helped to calm the nerves I had before our first session.

I feel completely comfortable at my counselling sessions, almost like I know Helen but there is still that boundary of separation that stops me from feeling like I am becoming a burden. It was dauting to begin with, but it has definitely been worth it and our sessions have flown by.

There is something special about speaking to someone you do not know about how you are really feeling.

Moving forward

Without CWC I would not have been able to move forward. I never used to wake up feeling great but after my counselling with Helen I know that I can.

Helen has helped me to change my mood dramatically, learning “that things are not as bad as they need to be, until they need to be!”.

When I was diagnosed with cancer it was the loneliest time of my life, until I received help from Coping with Cancer. I encourage anyone who is or has been affected by a cancer diagnosis to speak to someone and you will feel a whole lot better for it.

You are not alone.

If you or someone you love has been affected by a cancer diagnosis don’t be afraid to contact us on 0191 250 2026 or email at info@copingwithcancer.org.uk.