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Patients Lung cancer

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Hi, has anyone here been to a counselor or a psychologist after they were diagnosed with lung cancer or any cancer? Don't you think that's something that should be offered as soon as your diagnosed?

My mum is really down and the rest of the family too after her diagnosis.

Beginning of the discussion - 10/31/19

Lung cancer - How to get psychological support
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Hello @Hidden username‍ ,

Thanks for your message. And I'm sorry to hear about your mother's diagnosis. I can only imagine how overwhelmed you must be feeling right now. But, I think you've come to the right place - there are other members in the community who are probably going through similar challenges.

Hello everyone, I hope you don't mind me tagging you, but I was wondering if you had a similar experience as natcordova when you or your loved one was diagnosed? Did you receive some form of counselling and how did you find it? Thanks.

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After my treatment and diagnosis I just wanted to get on with life, get back to work, swimming etc.  Then I started raising funds for Roy Castle and was invited to their conference as a fundraiser. at that conference they had workshop on 'feelings' that I asked if I could swap to from the 'marketing messages' one allocated.  It was the first time I'd met other patients and their relatives and realised that the experience I'd had was completely different from others.  Also as I hadn't told work colleagues (self employed) or family, I didn't have the support systems they were talking about.  I mentioned this at my next check up and was asked if I'd like to see somebody to talk about my experience.  I agreed and although it took quite a while (it was almost 2 years since my treatment) I had several sessions with a counsellor who also referred me for massages/wellbeing services.  I found this really helpful but realise everyone is different and for a lot of people, the diagnosis/treatment time is one of overwhelm and the impact of what has happened doesn't hit until quite some time later. 

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I was not offered any counselling but I was allotted a cancer nurse who I see/call with any problems and she has helped a lot  x

Lung cancer - How to get psychological support
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 Hi I have metastatic breast cancer in both my lungs.i wonder if any one has been successful in getting a blue badge.all the information says you have to have at least 8 points already with the pip allowance.all these forms are a nightmare to fill in.

Lung cancer - How to get psychological support
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Hello @Hidden username‍ 

Have you made any progress towards getting a Blue Badge? Does anyone else have experiences to share on this topic? 

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I now have a blue badge.after taking my application to my GP in August!!it seems the application was not forwarded on.😨

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I am now the proud owner of a blue badge, no not a blue Peter badge 😊

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@Hidden username  That is great news! :)

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@Hidden username I saw a councilor with my first cancer, but didn't find it very helpful. I now go to a Secondary cancer support group. I like it we are all in the same situation. It's good to talk to people that have been there.