"How I nearly lost my life to breast cancer."

About: Royal Hallamshire Hospital / General surgery Weston Park Hospital

(as the patient),

In May 2016 I found a lump, the nurse practitioner sent me for screening and a week later I found I had breast cancer.

3 weeks later, my partner and I split up, I had to move out of my home. So I lost my partner, my home, my step kids, my dogs, my security and friends. The next day I lost my right breast too.

After surgery I started chemo. The steroids and the massive trauma I was going through caused me to have a psychotic breakdown and I was sectioned for a week, and under the home care team from Argyle House for some weeks after.

I continued my treatment, and in November saw my doctor at Avenue Medical Practice as I was struggling with anxiety and some physical symptoms. My doctor suggested I talk to either Weston Park or Argyle House.

In March I saw my doctor again, as I was suffering with moderate to severe depression and needed some help. I asked my doctor to put me on anti-depressants and for some counselling. My doctor gave me a prescription for Fluoxitine and told me there was no counselling available. No follow up appointment was made.

I transferred to my current GP practice where I am pleased to say I have been very well supported and am doing really really well.

I would like to feed this back to you, I think there were things the practice and my doctor could have done differently which may have helped me when I really needed it.

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Response from Nancy Henwood, Patient Experience Co-ordinator, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Florist-solopreneur,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us and I am really sorry to hear you have been through such a difficult time. If you would like to provide more details about the care and treatment you received at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and at Weston Park Hospital, so we can look into this further, please contact our Patient Services Team either by calling them on 0114 271 2400, or by emailing them at pst@sth.nhs.uk.

Concerns and complaints about GP practices are dealt with by NHS England who can be contacted either by calling 0300 311 22 33 or by emailing them at england.contactus@nhs.net.

With kind regards and all best wishes for a continued recovery

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