Kyra is an amazing women’s project that has helped me during a very difficult period in my life. I was initially referred to Kyra by york hospital after suffering complications after an ectopic pregnancy. I had to have several operations and was in pain for a long time, the pain clinic told me about Kyra and I was relieved to hear that there is a group out there to help women with their confidence and self esteem, which I was lacking after being housebound waiting for operations.

When I went to Kyra I had just started a new job and it was daunting, I also became an easy target for bullying due to my lack of confidence after all the ops I had had. My husband also was very ill and I had no where to turn. Friends became distant, almost avoiding me. I am not sure if it was because negative things happened to me or that I was no fun to be around or they simply did not know what to say to me.

Kyra has been my rock during this difficult time, in particular the stress management relaxation evening on a thurs. I have learnt to value myself, that I am worth more, not to beat myself up if I make a mistake, view mistakes differently- as a gift and a way of learning. It also has taught me how to relax using breathing methods as I also suffer from anxiety and panic attacks.

Every city would benefit from a charity like this is a world of selfishness and isolation. It has been inspiring for me to know that people do care and that people can empathise. I felt very bitter when many friends let me down when I needed support but I had to learn to be my own best friend, I am still learning this to this day with the help of Kyra. I never felt totally alone during this period of change because I know my friends from Kyra will be there for me. I cannot thank them enough for their help and support over this last year.