When my Dad got diagnosed with a Grade IV Glioblastoma last year, our whole lives turned upside down. My Dad and I have always been close, and it hit me really hard.
brainstrust sent us a brain box as soon as we got our diagnosis, and their resources really helped but, a few months in, I realised I needed extra support. I reached out to brainstrust who instantly set me up with Molly, one of their coaches. Molly was amazing, and we spoke lots about my Dad, all my concerns and, sometimes (read: regularly), the sessions just allowed me to have a really big (and much needed) cry. After a couple of months, we reached the decision that I was ready to start counselling. I was just going back to University after the summer and we decided that the summer holidays would be a good time to do it. As soon as I sent the email, Molly and brainstrust put me in touch with a counsellor, who helped enormously. Even now, Molly still checks in occasionally to make sure I’m doing okay and to let me know that support is still there if I need it.
Through brainstrust coaching with Molly for many months, and her helping me take the steps for reaching out for counselling over the Summer, I felt like I was able to come to terms with my Dad’s diagnosis. Their support means I can enjoy my time with him, however long that may be. I feel more able to navigate my Dad’s ups and downs and the harsh reality of what we are dealing with. I feel like I have taken steps to come to terms with everything now. This has meant that I can now enjoy the time I have left with my Dad without dealing with anticipatory grief and guilt.
If you’d like to find out more about brainstrust coaching and how it can help you, visit our coaching page. You can also learn more about our counselling referrals here. You can reach out to us any time on 01983 292 405 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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