My name is Emily, and I am a Diagnostic Radiograpger for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. I joined CCC in February 2020, and am a rotational member of staff which means I rotate through Diagnostics, CT, MRI, Interventional Work and X-Rays in both Wirral and Liverpool. I honestly love my job, and love everything the Trust stands for and what it does; patient care and compassion through and through.
Earlier this year, I took on the Big Tal-y-Lllyn Swim for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. I have always been a keen swimmer, but the thought of open water frightened me – there’s no sides to hold on to, you can’t see the bottom and even if you’re exhausted you just have to keep going and I imagine that for many of our patients, their Cancer diagnosis and treatment must be just as, if not more frightening.
The day-to-day life of our patients are very different, and sometimes it is a struggle but we won’t hesitate to sit and have a cup of tea and chat with our patients, and reassure them that we are there for them every step of the way. Isolation and shielding has really taken it’s toll, particularly on our older patients, but Clatterbridge is such a special place and we go above and beyond to make sure that our patients’ needs come first. I am honestly in awe of our patients – they keep on going, even if they’re tired. Our patients are superheroes.
The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity not only supports our patients, but they also support the staff at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. When I took part in the Big Tal-y-Lllyn Swim, it was to say a huge thank you to them for supporting us in opening our new state of the art Cancer facility in Liverpool. It was also to say thank you to the Charity for looking after the staff, and for providing us with such wonderful care packages at the beginning of lockdown.
This year, families have been told to stay apart, and our patients have been without visitors so I will be supporting the Charity’s Fairy Appeal to say thank you to those patients and families who have stayed strong throughout the Pandemic, and who have shown immense resilience throughout Covid-19. Your donations to this year’s Fairy Appeal will help us do what we do best – care for our cancer patients and giving the very best care possible. Whether someone you know is going through cancer treatment or your dedication is in memory of someone you love the Fairy Appeal is a beautiful way of coming together to celebrate the life of someone special.
Thank you to Emily for taking on a fantastic challenge event, and for supporting this year's Fairy Appeal. To donate to this year's Appeal or to view our Virtual Tree, please click here, or if you would like to take part in a Challenge Event for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, click here to have a look at some of the events taking place next year.