on Tuesday, 06 January 2015.

Lancaster mum Andrea partridge was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2012 and turned to CancerCare for support.

“Andrea, you have breast cancer,” the doctor said. I didn’t really hear anything else after that. Cancer. I have Cancer.”

“I just couldn’t take it in. I then had to break the news to my family. The impact of my diagnosis hit us all hard. But that was just the beginning. Then came chemotherapy. It made me very sick. Having poisonousness toxins pumped into your body for months on end eventually takes its toll.”

“But then I found out about CancerCare and the services they offer local people like me.  I then started a 12 week course of aromatherapy massage to help combat some of the nasty side effects I was experiencing from the chemo. Something as simple as having a massage once a week made such a difference to me. I didn’t have to worry about what I said to the therapists – they weren’t going to break down or get upset.  I could just be myself.”

“We really are so lucky to have CancerCare in our local area and I just want to ask everyone to keep supporting them– they really deserve all our support!”

Andrea enjoyed her time so much at CancerCare and is now employed as our Volunteer & Legacies Coordinator!

“Being able to give something back to CancerCare and being given the opportunity to share my story to help other people has been an amazing experience. I love being here!”