My Road to Recovery!
“My name is Harriet. I am a ubu enabler working in Leeds.
I moved to England to start a career and send money home to Africa for my son. I want to make sure that he has a better life and all the things he might want and need to make it happen. In March this year, I found a lump on my breast I thought it would be nothing but went to have it checked out by my doctor. I was sent for tests and unfortunately it was found to be a cancer and growing rapidly.
I’ve never felt so alone. My family are thousands of miles away and I was stuck here with this, not knowing what might happen. I spoke to my manager at ubu, I didn’t know what else to do. The doctor had spoken to me about the further treatment I was going to need. I was worried if all this would affect my job. What would I do if I couldn’t work? How would I pay my rent and bills or provide for my son?
My ubu manager and the whole enabling team were amazing. I have never felt such unconditional love from a group of people like it. It was such an amazing feeling to know people genuinely cared about me and my situation.
In May I started treatment with a series of chemotherapy sessions. This left me feeling very tired and at times quite sick. My manager helped me by shortening my shifts. It was really important to me carry on working, not only be able to pay my bills to feel some kind of ‘normality’.
I also wanted to be around the kind people who continued to treat me just as they always had done. I didn’t want to feel like I couldn’t do things, I didn’t want to feel helpless. I was helped to stay positive by being able to continue to work with the people I enable. Celebrating their achievements gave me the courage to fight what I had been facing myself.
In October I had a mastectomy. It wasn’t as bad as I imagined, although of course it was painful emotionally. Now I’m back and feeling fighting fit and ready to take on whatever life throws at me. I am having regular check-ups have to take medication for the next few years to continue fighting this.
The ubu enabling team and the people we serve in Leeds wanted to give me a Christmas sparkle gift, something special for my son who lives so far away. They have bought gifts, toys and clothes to send to my son in Africa. I feel so grateful for the support I’ve received from the kind and special people in my life."