Overcoming my fears and moving on

For Stephanie, applying for a Special Day was so much more than just a few days away. Not only was this an opportunity for her and her partner to enjoy time alone together but it also enabled Stephanie to overcome any fears she had. A trip to Center Parcs was organised by Willow, enabling them both to create some unforgettable memories together.

“My life has always been very hectic - balancing work, going to University, trying to keep fit and maintaining a social life. My family's life was very similar to mine. Generally, we were all very stressed with life's troubles. Since I’ve been diagnosed with lymphoma and endured treatment, our attitude towards life has really changed, especially mine.

" My Special Day at Center Parcs changed my outlook on life for the better- nothing fazes me anymore. I will always give something a go even if I’m scared. "

Stephanie

“I realised who was there for me and who wasn’t. Having to go through cancer, it makes you look back and wonder why we always stress over pointless worries and troubles.

“My Special Day at Center Parcs changed my outlook on life for the better- nothing fazes me anymore. I will always give something a go even if I’m scared.

“All I wanted from my Special Day was to get away from life and escape the reality of having cancer. Both my partner and I really needed time away to be alone. Willow helped make that happen and it was the most perfect weekend I could ever ask for. It was so nice to just relax and enjoy life again. We did the aerial adventure and tree trekking which was very scary but a little encouragement from Rob and I managed to tackle it. I feel quite proud of myself.

“Having a Special Day has enabled me appreciate and enjoy life's little moments. I tackled my fear of heights and rode a bike for the first time in ages. Most importantly, I’ve learnt to trust myself more.

“I realised that I can tackle any issue and I know I’ll be fine as long as I trust myself.

“After my Special Day, I made a promise to myself - once a month I’m going to try something new and tackle a new fear each time.

“Thanks to Willow we had a wonderful break which enabled us to celebrate the end of my treatment. We made some lovely memories.”

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