Paul Sheerin – a proud member of Team Beatson is also celebrating five years of being clear from testicular and stomach cancer. He has been reflecting on the support he received from Beatson Cancer Charity, at a time when he and his family needed it the most.
"I have seen first-hand how the services provided by Beatson Cancer Charity have helped patients and their families, none of which would have been possible without your past support. These services rely entirely on donations from people like you and it's only with your help that Beatson Cancer Charity can continue to provide care, love and hope to thousands of cancer patients across the west of Scotland.
A lot has happened in 5 years...
When I was 33, I found a lump in my testicle but being a stubborn man, I didn’t get it checked until my wife Louise pushed me to go to the doctor. I was sent straight to hospital for an ultrasound scan.
I was told I had cancer and my life was turned upside down. I was scheduled to have surgery the next day to remove the testicle and just as I thought things couldn’t get any worse, we were told I might not be able to have any more kids. This was devastating as we had always dreamt of having a big family, but we counted our blessings that we had our one-year old son Corey.
The surgery went well, and I was feeling confident. Then, against all odds we found out that Louise was pregnant! But just as things were looking up, I was told that the cancer had spread to my stomach.
I was petrified. I didn’t know what to expect or how I was going to feel, but when I went to The Beatson to begin my chemotherapy, the staff were fantastic and explained everything clearly. I was admitted to ward B2 and this is where
I first heard about Beatson Cancer Charity’s Wellbeing Centre on the fourth floor. From the first time I walked in, I was made to feel so welcome. It was so calm and relaxing that it became like my second home. I would go there in the morning for a newspaper and a coffee or I would just sit and chat with the team.
Louise was reassured that I wasn’t alone which meant so much to her while she was running about after Corey or attending Midwife appointments.
During the worst nine weeks of my life, the Wellbeing Centre became a lifeline for me. I wasn’t usually a guy who liked getting pampered, but the complementary therapies helped to relieve some of the stress and anxiety I felt. I couldn’t believe that the therapies offered to me were completely free of charge and funded entirely by donations. I was so grateful.
It was this care and love that gave us all hope. I had my last session of chemotherapy the day before my wee brother and his partner’s wedding. I was so relieved that it had finally come to an end. I was exhausted and could hardly stand but to be at the wedding was a goal I’d been aiming for and I am forever grateful to The Beatson and Beatson Cancer Charity for helping me get there.
Over the years, Beatson Cancer Charity have provided thousands of complementary therapies to patients to relieve them of their stress in the wonderful calm environment of the Wellbeing Centre, throughout the wards in The Beatson and at another eight locations across the west of Scotland.
These services are vital to patients like me, and families like mine but without your generosity, Beatson Cancer Charity could not continue to provide these lifelines.
I can’t describe how much my life has changed. I’m five years clear thanks to The Beatson and Louise and I now have three healthy, happy wee boys which is something we could only have dreamt of."
This year Beatson Cancer Charity celebrates its 5th year and thanks to you and the wonderful support you give, our vital services have continued to expand over these five years.
Please donate today to support even more patients and their families facing cancer like Paul and his Family.
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