PUBLISHED ON: 30 January 2020

In this podcast, we speak to Avril, who found herself at a loose end while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.  She decided to set up her own network offering community and support, Cancer Central. 

I hit rock bottom during chemo 

On this episode, we speak to Avril about the isolation she felt throughout her treatment, and how her network - Cancer Central - is helping to prevent others from feeling the same way. 

Avril initially started experiencing difficulties during her chemotherapy. She found that she was no longer extroverted and outgoing; instead, she was avoidant, closed-off, and experienced low moods.  

When she sought out some real-world support for her struggles with side effects (osteoporosis, anxiety, and hair loss, in particular), she found that there was a lack of community that suited her needs. She decided to start her own. 

It’s totally ok to feel how you’re feeling. We always feel guilty if we feel angry or low, or that we shouldn’t be showing these emotions. But, actually, you need to show these emotions and get it out. 

You can read more about Avril’s experiences with treatment in our personal stories section. 

If you're looking for support through your treatment, our online community, The Forum, is here for you 24/7. 

Everyone’s experience is unique to them. This podcast contains the personal story and experience of the speaker, rather than that of Breast Cancer Now.   

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