Counselling through Dimbleby Cancer Care

 I had some counselling sessions through Dimbleby Cancer Care at Guy's Cancer Centre when I was first diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2018 however I wasn't really benefitting from the sessions as I wasn't processing anything, I was just coping with treatment and putting everything else to one side.

Last year, with the end of initial treatment and the start of maintenance treatment and my new normal, my head started spinning.  How should I plan when I had no idea how far in the future I was planning for?  I'm back at work but am I just filling in time or going back to fulfilling ambitions and a career?  With all these thoughts going through my head I asked to be referred for counselling again however there was a wait list.

I finally got an appointment to see a counsellor at the end of January 2020.  I was offered 8 sessions however was told that usual practice is for the sessions to be once a month or every 6 weeks!  That wasn't going to work.  We managed to find a work around and I've just started fortnightly counselling sessions with Sophia.

Sophia recommended I try a secondary cancer support group.  It's funny as, apart from Penny Brohn, I've avoided any cancer groups.  I haven't even been on any forums online.  As I didn't choose to join the cancer club, I've not wanted to associate with it in any way shape or form and I definitely don't want it to define me.  However, as Sophia mentioned, it might be a useful network of people who just get what I'm going through.  I won't have to explain myself or pretend to be anything I'm not.  I've had a google for support groups and it seems that most of them meet during the day - not great when you're working full time.

Here are the groups that I've found that meet in London:
Breast Cancer Now - North London
Breast Cancer Haven - Hammersmith
King's College Hospital - Denmark Hill
University College London Hospital - Bloomsbury - this is the only one that meets in the evening.


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