“Before I get to that I will first have to give a brief summary of how I came to need counseling. On April 30 (a Thursday), I was told that I have breast cancer. Having lost my mother and a sister to cancer, I was devastated and in shock. On the fifth day after my diagnosis, I finally calmed down and called Cancer Support Services. I was invited to visit the office where I met Jan Lynton who put me at ease immediately and she allowed me to tell my story. I was asked if I would like to receive further counseling and I readily agreed.
At my first session with the counselor (Pastor Paul Leacock) he did not speak about the cancer immediately but about my life before it. I found myself being comforted by his words, the way he was explaining things to me in a way that I could fully understand. After my first session I remember telling Pastor Leacock that “I wish I could have recorded our session to listen to it over and over”, I was already looking forward to my next session.
I had about six more sessions and I poured my heart out. All my fears and doubts were answered in a meaningful way…cancer was no longer a death sentence to me but there was life after it. I was stronger in mind and all thanks to my counseling sessions.
Cancer Support Services has also been of tremendous support to me, always a smile, a kind word or a warm hug. They embraced me with love. I have come a far way since my diagnosis, but I could not have done it without Cancer Support Services…I am now cancer free.
Thank you Pastor Leacock for the sessions…for enlightening me…for showing me that cancer did not have me but I had cancer.
God put people in my life to strengthen me, people with knowledge and wisdom.” – M