Julie is an inspiration to many. After being diagnosed with a brain tumour, she carried on with her many sporting challenges and fundraising. Here she reveals how a counsellor from Brain Tumour Support has helped her along the way.
Kate is my Angel.
Kate is my counsellor.
I don’t know where I would be without her – I hold it together for a while, then I go see Kate, I can shout and scream and then I’m fine. People on the outside think I am strong but when I see Kate I can take my mask off. She is calm and we talk through everything. Most of the time, I don’t struggle with my diagnosis, but sometimes life does get too much.
I have great support from my family and friends, and I generally have a very positive outlook on life – I live life to the full. But I do have down days and once I even had a period of six weeks where I just did not want to get out of bed. Brain Tumour Support sent Kate round to my house to try and get me out of bed – she was the only person I would listen to.
I’ve had my operation and I’ve been through chemotherapy and radiotherapy and I have lived longer than they said I would. I’m squeezing everything out of every minute and still going swimming and cycling as often as I can. When I am swimming or cycling, I am free. People don’t know I am ill, I am just me. Just Julie.
I still go to see Kate every two or three weeks and some of my family members get counselling too. We know Kate will be there for us for as long as we want her to be.
Everyone needs a Kate!
Brain Tumour Support offers support to brain tumour patients and their families in a variety of ways - Support Groups, counselling, telephone support and on-line support. For more information call our Support Line on 01454 422701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.