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Self-isolation and social distancing were terms many of us couldn’t define a few weeks ago, now they’re our way of life– a ‘new normal’. Staying in and avoiding other people is the best thing we can do to slow down the spread of Covid-19, but for many people getting used to it is really tough. It can be harder to look after your mental health if your usual coping strategies are no longer available to you.
However, you’re not alone. After having treatment for cervical cancer, lots of patients are asked to self-isolate or practice social distancing, to protect their immune systems if they have been weakened. We spoke to a couple of our volunteers, to hear their tips on what helped them through this tricky time, to hopefully make this strange, uncertain period a bit easier!
We spoke to Hayley, who had cervical cancer in 2017 when she was 29 and Julie who was diagnosed in 2008 when she was 44.