“Having cancer can be a rollercoaster of emotions”. This Christmas, you can help to make the ride a little easier.
Meet Elma and her husband Jerry. Jerry has been in and out of the Mercy University Hospital over the last 8 years to receive treatment for a rare form of lymphoma. Although our incredible staff in St. Therese’s Ward have been able to provide radiotherapy and other various treatments to help fight Jerry’s cancer – he and his wife Elma know how vital it is to receive the necessary emotional support at this incredibly difficult time.
Did you know? Around one-third of patients with a cancer diagnosis will experience depression and anxiety throughout their journey.
According to Elma, “sure Jerry had no idea what a panic attack was, he just knew something wasn’t right“. Like many others, Jerry became anxious about everyday things following a particular course of radiotherapy. Recent research has shown that 78% of people living with cancer have emotional support needs which are caused by the cancer itself or by the treatment.
At this time of year, people can often struggle more with their mental health, that is why we are fundraising for our psycho-oncology service this Christmas. With your support, we can provide special counselling to cancer patients and their loved ones as they face this difficult battle. Having someone to talk to can make a world of difference.
With your support this Christmas we can help the thousands of people who will receive a cancer diagnosis in 2019 and in the coming years. By donating here, you can help us to grow our psycho-oncology service and help patients and their loved ones through the most difficult time in their lives.
Thank you, as always, for joining us and believing in the power of giving back.