Sharon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021. During her treatment she was referred to Grove House to access the Living Well Programme. As well as attending weekly Living Well sessions, Sharon has accessed exercise classes and counselling services for herself and her children. Here she describes the impact the service at the recently renovated Grove House has had on her.
“The first day I visited Grove House I felt so nervous, I almost drove home again. I stopped myself and took that first step through the doors. And I’m so glad I did.
“I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I was lost and didn’t know where to turn, but from the beginning everyone at Grove House was so welcoming. I had a lovely chat with a nurse in the reception area and she invited me in for a cup of tea and to meet everyone. I ended up staying for lunch and did an exercise class and learned some relaxation techniques.
“The hub is a friendly, relaxed environment and the nurses, carers and volunteers are wonderful. On that first visit I realised I could just be myself there. Out in the world I’d been trying to cope, but the truth is I knew I’d never feel ‘normal’ again. At Grove House I knew I could feel however I needed to, and I was in a safe space. I had been putting on a brave face to protect those around me but I knew I didn’t have to wear that with Rennie Grove. And that was such a relief.
“At Grove House no one judges you. They take you as you are on that day and you can talk to the nurses or volunteers about anything you feel concerned about.
“It was also good to be able to meet others going through the same thing as me, who understood without me having to say anything.
“Coming to Grove House has really improved my confidence. Rennie Grove has given me good company, support, advice, reassurance and hope all in one place. With Rennie Grove you’re not on your own.”
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The Living Well programme
Practical, specialist and peer support to help people live well through cancer or other life-limiting illness.
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