Andi discovers it's never too late to find support
After having a brain tumour removed in 2014 Andi felt very alone.
“So much changed for me after my operation and for three years I thought nobody cared,” said Andi. “There was no real after-care from the hospital.
I was low. I’d had to make so many changes in my life and I was depressed.”
But then Andi found his local Support Group run by Brain Tumour Support.
“Every time I go to the Support Group, I come back feeling energised and motivated,” said Andi. “It was amazing for me to find so many people who had gone through similar experiences as I had. I learned more about brain tumours in my first Support Group meeting than I had learned in the previous three years.”
As well as emotional support and friendship, the group has helped Andi in practical ways too. “I thought I didn’t qualify for benefits,” said Andi. “But I was put in touch with the local Citizens Advice Bureau and they helped me get that sorted out.”
Andi particularly enjoys the social events that the group’s Support Worker, Louise Tully, organises.
“Everyone is so friendly and welcoming,” said Andi. “Each Support Group is different, depending on the people who are there and what Louise has organised. The social events are always a good laugh and a great way for new people to join in and meet us.”
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Brain Tumour Support runs support groups up and down the country for brain tumour patients and their families. Click here to find your nearest one.