Living With Cancer

Posted on: 14 October 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Suzie France, who is living with cancer, talks about how she copes.

"18th May 2006 is a date I’ll always remember, because it was my youngest son Harry's sixth birthday party. And the day I found out I had breast cancer," Suzie explains.

"With just a few words my whole life had changed, and the fears and questions began."

"Living with cancer you try to put on a brave face, not wanting to show your friends and family just how scared you actually are. And the more I told everyone I was fine, the more isolated and alone I felt. Even with support from your loved ones, sometimes you need to speak to someone who really understands what you're going through."

"And that's where Macmillan comes in. My Macmillan nurse, Carole, was there from the start, answering my questions and helping me cope. With Carole I didn't need to put on a brave face. And that helped me stay strong for my family."

Macmillan Provides Essential Support

Suzie France's story highlights that a diagnosis of cancer is a devastating experience for most people. You will probably feel shocked, numb, fearful or angry.

Dealing with the feelings and changes cancer brings can be a lonely experience.

Talking to someone can be the first step towards helping you feel better. It can help you cope with the uncertainties that may lie ahead.

Macmillan knows just how important those conversations can be. Every year they help thousands of people to find someone to talk to.

You can call their helplines for medical, practical and emotional support, or talk to other people affected by cancer online. If you want to speak to someone face to face, you can find out about self help and support groups or Macmillan information centres in your area.

macmillan_logo_200x83With the right support things can and do get better. At Macmillan they can provide that support. So some days it's not just about cancer - it's about life.

For information and support call 0800 500 800 or visit


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