“I was so down, but the tears wouldn’t come out. That was just so hard.”
“Being rural, we don’t have the services that are in Sydney. We can’t walk around the corner and get help. We have kilometres and kilometres to travel,” she explains.
Finding the support needed to cope with the effects of cancer
Fortunately, our client was finally able to find the support she needed after hearing about Cancer Council’s counselling services through her medical centre.
Soon it became clear to her, that there was a gap in the understanding of other counselling services around cancer and the unique ways it tends to affect a person’s wellbeing.
“I love my Cancer Council counsellor being there. Initially it was really hard to reach out – even now that I have finished treatment, there are still little things that come up and you have trouble dealing with.”
Unlike our client however, there are many others that aren’t aware of the support services available at Cancer Council NSW.
This was clear with our survey revealing that only one third of participants had been told about the range of support services available to them through Cancer Council NSW.
We need support from the government to support those affected by cancer
Recent research from The Daffodil Centre has found that 1.52 million people in NSW will be diagnosed with cancer over the next 25 years.
Further to this, the need for Cancer Council’s counselling services has doubled over the past five years, revealing an increasing need for support.
It’s clearer than ever before, that the next NSW government needs to implement a plan that guarantees those affected by cancer receive the right support to meet their needs all year round.
That’s why, in the lead up to the NSW State Election this year, we’re calling on the next NSW Government to recognise the ongoing need for support during and after a cancer diagnosis and fill this need.
If you or anyone you know has any questions or concerns about cancer over the festive period, you can call Cancer Council on 13 11 20 or visit our online community at onlinecommunity.cancercouncil.com.au for 24/7 support.