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Liz Day - July 2016
Sue Mordecai, a 56-year-old civil servant from Heath in Cardiff, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2014 after experiencing swelling in her breast. Though the diagnosis and chemotherapy were a shock, she feels the most difficult part of facing cancer was after treatment ended.
Despite suffering from fatigue, Mordecai continued to work through her six rounds of chemotherapy. She says the real challenge was figuring out what to do once she no longer had the planned doctors appointments and no one looking after her. She recalls, "When my treatment ended I did feel like I was on my own and had nowhere to go."
A survey carried out by Breast Cancer Care found that nearly half of patients feel low or depressed when their treatment ends, and 61% of survivors felt the people around them expected them to "move on" from cancer before they were ready.
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Original source: www.walesonline.co.uk