While lockdown eases for many people across the UK, for thousands of people their isolation continues because their life has been affected by a brain tumour.
People like Fiona, whose 21-year-old daughter Georgina is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour.
“We are having to self-isolate because Georgina is due another operation,” said Fiona. “It’s heart-breaking though because we cannot go to hospital with her to help. That’s why it is so important for us to have people we can talk to.”
Before lockdown, Fiona and her family attended support group meetings in Cardiff.
Since lockdown they have been attending the virtual support group meetings and have found them a great comfort. “Until you’ve been through it, it’s impossible to understand the impact of a brain tumour,” says Fiona. “Many people think that because our daughter’s tumour is described as benign, that it’s ok. But it’s not. That’s why we find it so useful to speak to others who have been through similar experiences. For example, Georgina has not yet had radiotherapy, but should she need it, we know that there are lots of people in our support group who can tell us what to expect. The Brain Tumour Support Workers are fantastic – we know they are there for us whenever we need them. We always look forward to the meetings, and we don’t always talk about brain tumours!”
To find out more about the support services that Brain Tumour Support offers, including virtual support groups, please email firstname.lastname@example.org