Della: My name is Della, and I live with my two daughters Debbie and Sarah. I first knew something was wrong because my breasts was painful, it
was really painful at night I couldn’t even sleep and I was self-medicating taking
paracetamol or something for pain I waited for the biopsy and everything and then I was told it is cancer. I initially had a mastectomy and then I had an implant and I was told I would need
chemo It’s a period I don’t even want to remember,
you don’t even understand where you are, you’re tired, you just have all bad thoughts in your head, and why me? I felt alone, I felt lost because I had
nobody to call. My Macmillan breast cancer nurse, she was the best thing that happened to me. This is Charmaine case my breast cancer nurse at St George’s hospital.
I’m glad Charmaine was in the room that day because all
what those guys were saying I’m like, OK, you know when the doctor tells you
things, there’s so much jargon but she broke it down.
I asked who’s at home with her what support she has, who’s gonna help
her through this. We talked about support groups.
She became my best friend she was good to me she was really really
good. There was a time I was so poorly, I said Charmaine, I thought I was superwoman, I can’t do this, and she said you can, you can you can, but just slowly, yes slowly. Without Macmillan I wouldn’t have gone this far You just need a Charmaine around,
you need that someone to guide you through and that’s what they’re there for.