Personal stories

Personal Story

“”In those dark days I will never forget the hand and lifeline that my Active Listener held out to me. Her compassion, kindness and practicality supported me through the saddest time in my life. Thank you””

DM's Personal Story

I approached CSF some years ago when my husband's cancer returned. It was a great comfort to me to know that English speaking help was at the end of a telephone. I was assigned an active listener who was always there to support, helping with translations, information and accompanying me to hospital appointments when necessary. We became good friends and although my husband passed away at the beginning of 2016 our friendship has continued. I cannot thank CSF enough and think the work they are doing is to be commended, helping people during what is a very difficult and distressing time. 

EW's Personal Story
“When I received my diagnoses of thyroid cancer I went into total shock. I just closed down, I did not know how I was going to get through this difficult time, I did not know how the French health care worked and I did not speak French.
I telephoned Cancer Support France and asked so many questions; I was then given an "active listener”.
On our first meeting, we discussed my needs, my fears and concerns. The amount of help that I received was invaluable; my new friend came to see me every week. She attended hospital appointments and translated for me. She arranged all my medical papers and correspondence. She also spoke and supported my family. She allowed me to open up and let out all my emotions, it was handled with great respect and privacy.
I can honestly say that the help that I received was instrumental to my recovery.
I cannot praise the association enough.”