CLIC Sargent helped me come back stronger after cancer – Veronica 31.05.2017


I had just graduated from my performing arts degree in Cambridge when I was diagnosed with a rare type of ovarian cancer. I had my heart set on establishing my career and meeting new people, but everything had to go on hold as I recovered from surgery and focused on my health.

It was a very hard time, but one of the first people to support me was CLIC Sargent, who gave me a grant to spend however I wanted. It really made me emotional to see such pure generosity and trust.

Then I got involved in the charity’s music programme, travelling to a residential trip in Wiltshire. At first I wasn’t sure about going to events with other people who’ve had cancer, but it was really worthwhile. I enjoyed every moment – we can joke together about cancer because we understand it. There isn’t that awkwardness.

I was very excited when the music programme organisers offered me the chance to be one of the CLIC Sargent singers, touring a series of gigs across the UK at Christmas, including performing at the Royal Albert Hall.

The support, encouragement and overwhelming feedback we received after each performance was incredibly moving and I could feel that we were a part of something truly special and inspiring for everyone who came along and showed their support.

Speaking publicly about my own experiences with cancer has always been difficult for me. I was in complete denial at the time I was diagnosed in 2013 and refused to tell anyone around me. The last thing I wanted was for my new life in London and all of the friends I had made to associate me with cancer and see me as an ill person, someone to pity.

Over time, I have become more confident with this part of my past. I feel so proud and fortunate to have achieved what I have with my health and career, despite the hurdles thrown at me. I feel empowered and empathic to others who have gone through similar experiences, connecting paths with so many inspiring people.

I want to thank everyone who has supported this charity, making it possible for CLIC Sargent to do what they do, and they certainly do amazing things.


Check out Veronica’s blog!

Get involved in Wig Wednesday!

If you would like to donate to CLIC Sargent or simply get involved you can do so via their website