Stories of Cancer
Giving Voice to Real Experiences


This section describes what surgery was like for Patience. For most people surgery is the main treatment for cancer, and there are as many forms of surgery as there are types of cancer. For some people there are lasting consequences to surgery and a huge psychological impact as it can mean living without parts of the body that we were quite fond of. Patience’s first story describes some of the failings of the NHS in that her experience of being looked after for only 24 hours was not a good one. It would be good to have other people’s stories to include here especially those that demonstrate how the NHS could learn to be kinder to its patients.

The second story is more about the psychological impact of diagnosis and surgery, showing how these events can leave you feeling so low, at a loss about who you are now. “Such grief and loss of confidence” (a friend said). The stories are: