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King’s Lynn woman felt like ‘giving up’ after cancer diagnosis

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:31 22 December 2017

Annabella Perera from King's Lynn, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Photo: The Big C

Annabella Perera from King's Lynn, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Photo: The Big C

The Big C

A King’s Lynn woman who has battled depression for most of her adult life felt like “giving up” when she discovered she had breast cancer.

Annabella Perera, 56, felt she was in good health when she visited her doctor in 2014 - she was there to reduce her anti-depressant medication.

However, she also mentioned a small lump on her breast.

It had been quite small but had since grown in size.

And after various tests and x-rays, the doctors confirmed it was in fact breast cancer.

Annabella Perera from King's Lynn, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Photo: The Big CAnnabella Perera from King's Lynn, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Photo: The Big C

Annabella said: “I was really falling apart, coming to terms with the cancer on a personal level but then also trying to find a way to tell my children, especially my younger son.

“The look on his face – it was pure pain and he said ‘sorry Mummy but I wish I could make it better for you’.

“That broke my heart.”

Annabella said she felt Norfolk’s cancer charity the Big C were just like family to her during her treatment.

Annabella Perera from King's Lynn, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Photo: The Big CAnnabella Perera from King's Lynn, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Photo: The Big C

The staff from the King’s Lynn centre would talk to Annabella but above all, she felt very supported and reassured that they were there for her whenever she needed anything.

Recently, Annabella’s doctor told her she was lucky to recover, considering the type of cancer she had, but that she was now doing very well.

Many of her family and friends thought that once she had received the all-clear that she would be able to move on.

However, it wasn’t that simple.

She said: “I just couldn’t. It wasn’t that easy. Luckily, the Big C was always there for me in any way I needed them.

“What I liked was that you can come in even just for a cup of tea and a biscuit or a piece of cake on Fridays – I liked Fridays the best.”

She added: “The Big C has really been there for me and if it wasn’t for them I honestly don’t know if I would still be here.

“Without them I would have given up.

“I know I have my children but at one point not even that mattered to me.

“It was so hard, so very, very hard.

“But their support and kindness got me through.”

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