Charlie’s – For All Those Lives Affected by Cancer
Meet the team
Jo manages Charlie’s Centre, the day to day Operations and the Development plan, she is also an experienced therapist offering Reiki treatments.
Read Jo’s story…
I was aged only 31 when I found a lump and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. As soon as you find a lump you think the worst but the diagnosis still comes as quite a shock.
The following nine months were filled with surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and an endless schedule of appointments.
I was blessed with amazing support from my family and friends, but once you get into a routine of appointments, everyone else goes back to their lives understandably. I felt that my family could have done with some emotional support but at the time there was nothing available.
My sense of loss came after all my appointments had come to an end, you’re initially elated as you’ve reached the end, but you are not sure what to do next, not sure who you are without the cancer (it defines you for a while) and returning to work felt so frightening. I was not the same person, cancer had changed me.
Over the next couple of years, I left my job and retrained as a Holistic Therapist specialising in Reiki something I had always had an interest in. Reiki really helped me to understand who I was again and find inner peace.
In 2014 I was chatting to some friends about how lovely it would be to have somewhere to go so others didn’t feel quite so lost. So in March 2014 Charlie’s opened its first session………….
I have now been in remission for 15 years but “cancer completely changed my life”. However, my life changed for the better, leading me to opening Charlie’s to help others cope with the effects of living with cancer.
– Joanne x
Maddy runs our satellite in Littledean, and as a member of Charlie’s brings her member experience to represent our members needs.
Families & Youth Worker
I have always been passionate about ensuring that young people have an advocate, voice and someone who is mutual so that the have the support they need to navigate through adolescents equipped for their future.
After a personal experience and becoming aware that children and young people were dismissed in the emotional support and awareness when someone was diagnosed with cancer, I seeked to work within this area. Ensuring that they are able to feel their emotional, physical and wellbeing needs are noticeable within the situation.
Ensuring support for the emotional and wellbeing impacts of a family members cancer diagnoses and maintaining their need for an advocate, I have been working with children, young people and families affected by cancer for 10 years and passionate about continuing to support and promote the wellbeing of children and young people affected by cancer.