“A group of strangers helped me go through cancer treatments”

Connecting with people in similar circumstances is invaluable

Fiona Kane, 56, a former analyst from Richmond in London, found a lump on her breast in January. Starting treatment in February 2020, Fiona underwent a double mastectomy before starting chemotherapy just a month later in April during the UK lockdown as the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

Support around the clock

Fiona credits Belong Beating Cancer Together with helping her through her grueling cancer treatment. Isolated during her treatment during the Covid-19 pandemic, Fiona turned to app Belong Beating Cancer Together app for support. “It connected me with people who had the same breast cancer diagnosis,” explained Fiona.

Around 15% of breast cancers are lobular, so it was good to find other people because I didn’t have much information about it.

Fiona Kane

Connecting with fellow patients across the globe, Fiona formed friendships as well as picking up important tips to ease the side affects of her chemotherapy. “There was always someone online when I was wide awake at three o’clock in the morning,” she said.

She added: “That was something I always looked forward to that made the treatment more bearable as I wasn’t seeing my family.”

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