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The “Dawn Hughes Wigs to Wishes Fund” has been set up to enable me to receive further treatment at an Oncology Clinic in Germany where they have had a high success rate in stopping the spread of Cancer in patients and giving them the best possible chance of remission. The Berkshire Cancer Centre have informed me that there is little chance of my Cancer going into remission with the treatment available in this country.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself. I'm a wife and mother of 3 young children, Matthew 13, Ellie 10 and Freddie 6. I was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2001 at the age of 36. Following Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy, I was in remission until a chance MRI scan in Feb 2005 for an unrelated problem, detected that the Cancer had returned. I was then diagnosed with Secondary Breast Cancer. The likely prognosis given in February was 18 months to 5 years. I then had to undergo aggressive Chemotherapy, but following the results of a recent bone scan, it was found that the Cancer is still spreading. The treatment in Germany will cost thousands of pounds and for most people like myself, the opportunity for this is a dream. Many of my Family and Friends want to make this dream a reality and are making tremendous fund raising efforts, because without them, I would not be able to seek the treatment that I so obviously need and which is not being offered in this country.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Informing the Leonardis plus Nationwide Presentation

Rang the Leonardis Klinik. Informed Dr D of the liver ultrasound scan results and mentioned the Xeloda dosage that has been prescribed by the BCC (Berkshire Cancer Clinic). It is a lot higher than was suggested by the German Oncologist. Dr D said that they don’t normally prescribe the Xeloda dosage higher than 2000 mg per day but I am currently on 4200 mg per day. He has suggested taking Alpha Lipoic Acid for the hand and foot syndrome, which has been used to improve nerve damage and reduce pain associated with that nerve damage. He also suggested vitamin B1-6 and Vitamin B12 once in a while. I don’t ever seem to get any advice like this from the BCC. (Maybe they should think about setting up a separate consultation with a nutritionist who could give you additional advice on what supplements may help with certain side effects. Why is it that this sort of information is readily available in Germany but no one even mentions anything here?)

I have discussed with Dr D that I shall be travelling back out to Germany in early February for blood tests and possible bone scan/PET scan.

Presentation of Reading Football shirt. Nationwide Building Society has been running a raffle to win a Reading Football shirt worn by Bobby Convey and signed by the Reading Football team. The winning ticket was drawn last week, and the lucky winner was presented with the shirt by Bobby Convey. All proceeds from the shirt have been donated to the Wigs to Wishes fund. I was presented with a large cheque by Bobby and the staff at Nationwide. The Evening Post were there to take a photo. I would like to thank everyone at Nationwide, especially Michelle


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