“I LOVED THE EXPERIENCE, ESPECIALLY GETTING TO KNOW THE OTHER PEOPLE ON THE PROGRAMME BECAUSE WE HAD SOMETHING IMMEDIATELY IN COMMON. I GOT STRONGER AND IT WAS AMAZING TO FEEL MY BODY BE ABLE TO DO STUFF. I HAVE SO MUCH MORE CONFIDENCE THAN BEFORE.
I WANTED CANCER TO BE A CHAPTER IN MY LIFE, NOT THE WHOLE STORY. IT CHANGES YOU – NOBODY COMES OUT UNCHANGED – I’M NOT THE SAME WOMAN I WAS. IT’S ABOUT HOW YOU REFRAME IT. BATTLE CANCER HELPED ME REALISE THERE’S MORE TO ME THAN THOSE CHAPTERS AND HELPED ME MOVE ON.”
“THE BATTLE CANCER PROGRAM WAS REALLY NICE, THE COACHES WERE EXCELLENT, THEY PUSHED US AT A GOOD PACE WHICH THE PROGRAMME WAS REALLY WELL DESIGNED TO DO. THAT SPURRED US ON TO DO OTHER THINGS AS WELL, I STARTED PLAYING MORE FOOTBALL ETC. IT WASN’T JUST THE PHYSICAL SIDE OF THINGS, IT WAS THE MENTAL SIDE – MEETING PEOPLE WITH SHARED EXPERIENCES WAS AMAZING – I’M A BIT OF A TYPICAL BLOKE IN TERMS OF NOT REALLY OPENING UP AND I FOUND THAT I WAS ABLE TO REALLY TALK AND FORM A BOND WITH EVERYONE. WE ALL STILL STAY IN TOUCH AND NOW DO SOME MORE TRAINING.
THESE SESSIONS BECAME SO PRECIOUS TO ME AND IT IS LARGELY BECAUSE OF MY COACH AND THE ENERGY IT BROUGHT TO MY LIFE TWICE A WEEK. MY BODY HAS LET ME DOWN SO MANY TIMES IN THE PAST 4 YEARS THAT I’D SORT OF GIVE UP ON IT. HAVING SOMEONE ENCOURAGE ME TO TEST IT AND TRUST IT AGAIN HAS BEEN SO HELPFUL. THE WEEKLY ROUTINE, TIME TO WORK ON MYSELF AND RECONNECT WITH MY BODY HAS BEEN GREAT FOR ME MENTALLY TOO, I FEEL MORE POSITIVE ABOUT MY FUTURE THAN I HAVE IN AGES.
I am absolutely loving the Battle Cancer programme and I am already feeling much stronger and more positive. It definitely helps that East Rocks is set in the beautiful East Lothian woods so we get the added benefit of nature. Lawson is an incredible coach - so positive and encouraging and tailors the programme to our own abilities. His love for what he’s doing and his passion for really helping us is so apparent. We have become a tight knit little group of friends and we all positively reinforce each others achievements too. I can’t even explain how much BC has improved my mental health and my relationship with my own body (which has been on the rocks!). I’m so grateful to have been able to do this and with such a great coach and lovely new friends. Thank you so much.