Helping Konnie

How counselling changed life for Konnie

When Konnie’s world was turned upside down by a brain tumour diagnosis, it was a Brain Tumour Support counsellor that helped her pick up the pieces.

In 2015, Konnie went for an eye test at her local opticians because she thought she might need stronger lenses. But the optician noticed a swelling behind her eye and before she knew it, she was having an operation to remove a tumour.

“I was lucky, the physical effects from the tumour and the surgery have been minimal,” said Konnie. “But I started having panic attacks, anxiety and depression and wondered if I would ever get back to work.”

Konnie was put in touch with our specialist counselling service.​ “My counsellor was amazing. She had so much experience and she was so flexible – she was always there when I needed her. I spoke to her about once a week over the phone and saw her face-to-face a couple of times.”

After six months, Konnie felt she didn’t need counselling anymore and within seven months she was back at work.  “I honestly think that without the help of my counsellor, I would not have been back at work so quickly,” said Konnie. “I am feeling more confident now and no longer have panic attacks or anxiety.”​ 


“My advice to anyone in my situation would be to go and get the support that is out there. I am happy how I am. I am happy in myself thanks to the support I received.”


Konnie in hospital in 2015


Read more about how we help

Brain Tumour Support offers support to brain tumour patients and their families in a variety of ways - support sessions and groups, one-to-one,  counselling, telephone and on-line support.

For more information call our Support Line on 01454 422701 or email 

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