Louise – My Cancer Story

Louise – My Cancer Story


Hi, my name is Louise White, I’m 54 years old and I live in Peterhead My husband Jim I was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer on the 22nd of January 2013 It was an incurable condition. I found that very difficult to cope with I had expected to spend my retirement with my husband. He was my rock. I had a day off one day and I walked into CLAN in Peterhead when they were at the sports spot And I felt overwhelmed. I spoke to Christine who was the coordinator at that time and came out that day with an appointment to see a counsellor, and an appointment to see a therapist and I felt like someone had taken the weight of the world off my shoulders. I used the services of a counsellor who was very good and she helped me to sort my thoughts on how I was going to deal with the fact that my husband had cancer. She didn’t sort it for me, but she gave me the tools to do it myself. The therapist, Sarah, is tuned into the universe. She’s brilliant. She took a full history of what I needed what what my mental health would like but my physical health was like what I felt could help. I got the help I needed from Sarah and the counsellor at that time and then I went for quite some time and didn’t need the services. I started volunteering instead, I felt like I needed to give back and then Jim came to end of life. And I spent 24 hours a day withv Jim, looking after him. And then the grieving process started and that was when I needed CLAN again and I’m still getting the support that I need. It’s not quite a year since he passed away. I’ve seen CLAN through all its stages in Aberdeenshire. I saw the hot spots which was okay, and then we got this and it was well, what can we do here? This is just amazing. It’s new. It’s very calm. It’s a great environment, a magic environment. This one building which is sort of halfway between Peterhead and Fraserburgh. It’s just wonderful, a great place. CLAN in six words? Umm .. life-affirming Peaceful Beneficial to a lot of people It’s necessary. It’s a wonderful place CLAN was there to support Louise when she needed it most. CLAN Cancer support for all.

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