Claire and Karen’s Story

‘Claire, my Home-Start volunteer, has been one of my main pillars of support during my chemotherapy and surgery. I really enjoy having a grown-up chat with her over a cup of tea and slice of cake. She has been a listening-ear and offers a shoulder to cry on when needed. Claire is a breath of fresh air and always makes me smile, even after the hardest week. I feel that her regular visits have given me additional strength to face the challenges that cancer treatment brings.

When I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, my whole world turned upside down. With very little support at home, I was struggling to give my young family the attention it needed and it was hard to cope with everyday tasks at home. Eddie (aged 2 years old) found it particularly difficult to understand my illness and his behaviour regressed as a result.

Eddie absolutely adores Claire and he looks forward to her visit every week. His face lights up when he sees her and I love hearing him roar with laughter as they play together. When I have been bed bound due to treatment side-effects, Claire has taken him to the park or city farm and let him burn off some energy. He loves exploring the great outdoors with her and they have even caught tadpoles! Eddie seems much happier and confident – Claire’s visits have had a really positive impact on his development.’ Karen

‘Supporting my family is fantastic. Me and Eddie have a great bond and have been on lots of adventures together. Karen is a such a strong person with an amazingly positive attitude towards life despite having a really tough time recently. We always have a laugh together and I look forward to my visits each week.’ Claire

Thank you to Karen (on the right) for sharing her story – her positivity shines through…
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