This extra financial support from ABS was incredibly helpful during the year when I was having my treatment and then after, during my recovery period.
The difference ABS made was enormous. Helen [ABS Welfare Officer] has been amazing all this time, encouraging and supporting me with every step I made forward. Firstly, it helped me mentally, as I could get the rest I needed, focus on my recovery and try to get back on my feet once again. Secondly, it was a big moral boost for me to feel safe from losing our home and being able to honour my previous financial commitments.
The financial support I received from ABS was also a big help for me and my family throughout my whole recovery period. Because of ABS, I believe I recovered much faster than it would normally take because I was mentally calm and able to focus on getting better.
I don’t want to imagine what would have happened had ABS not been able to provide assistance. I was already in shock from the news I received and had started to get stressed about how we were going to survive without having a job and where we would get the income to cover monthly expenses. ABS help was like help from heaven, I can’t even express how grateful I am for the support I received.
After the last tests and scans revealed that the cancer is not there anymore, it was a big relief, and it feels like a new beginning; a second chance to enjoy life.
As the weeks passed by and I started to regain my strength, I decided to take my future in my own hands and work for myself. It is difficult to start a new firm during these times, but I feel this is what I have to do to give me the space to organise and separate my private life from my professional life.
Since I started working and managed to get some small projects, I have set-up a direct debit to donate a small amount every month to ABS. I hope that in time, if my business grows, to be able to offer more back to ABS, so others can have the same help I have received.
A big thank you again to Helen and all the others from ABS who make a difference for architects who have a bad period in their life.