Wow! I have just had my planning for Radiotherapy. I forgot how much treatment can consume your life. This is my second round of radiotherapy in two years. Last time I was lucky enough to have it at my local hospital. I have since moved and am required to have treatment away from home. I have organised accommodation through Can Assist as I feel that this would be beneficial for me emotionally. It is definitely a daunting prospect though. Sharing a room, a bathroom and basically everything, with people I don't know. I usually suffer from social anxiety so this will be a big thing. Add to that that I am there to receive treatment for cancer and I am scared that I'll end up a blubbering mess.
I do definitely feel that although this is very scary and out of my comfort zone, this type of accommodation should be the best for me. I could only imagine staying in a motel! I would be lucky to leave the room for anything apart from treatment and would spend the time being depressed and avoiding the world outside the door.
Basically I am terrified. Not so much of the treatment but of being all alone, yet surrounded by people I have never met! I'll just need to keep telling myself that we're all in similar situations, take a deep breath and search for the courage that I know deep down inside I do have. I have shown it at many times over the past two years. I just need to dig it out again!
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.