Jo Sutherland was aged only 31 when she found a lump and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The following nine months were filled with surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and an endless schedule of appointments.
Jo recalled, “As soon as you find a lump you think the worst but the diagnosis still comes as quite a shock.”
Even though Jo was kept very busy for that time she says she did feel a great sense of loneliness throughout her treatment. “You can’t go on holiday, you have to stay away from sick people, public transport. All your friends are carrying on as normal while you are at home waiting for appointments and not really feeling well enough to do anything.”
Luckily Jo, has now been in remission for 10 years but she says “cancer has completely changed my life”. Jo was fully supported during my cancer treatment by the hospital and specialist nurses, however even after she finished her treatment she felt a sense of loss, not missing the cancer but missing all the people that helped her through her course of treatment.
In 2014 Jo was chatting to some friends about how lovely it would be to have somewhere to go so they didn’t feel quite so lost.
– and Charlie’s was born.