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.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006
Possibly stopping chemo
I feel a little worried about this latest development as Dr Jacob in Germany has not mentioned that I would be stopping the chemo. I assumed I would carry on with the chemo until I was in remission, so I think I need to contact Dr Jacob and inform her of what has been said and take her advice.
One of the Oncology nurses is organising the insertion of a Portacath for me. I asked about it on my last visit to the Oncology clinic and it was decided that it would be a good idea. It is to replace the PICC line that I have in my arm and it will give me more freedom and enable me to start swimming. I’m really conscious of the fact that my weight has increased considerably since the start of this treatment. I have been told not to do any strenuous exercises at the moment while the cancer is active, but swimming and walking would be okay.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Ricochet TV Production Company visit
Initially this was a daunting prospect knowing that our daily lives would be portrayed on screen but Amanda the producer was really nice and put us all at ease. It wasn’t long before Ellie and Freddie were performing to the camera. Initially the footage filmed today was going be shown to the Channel 4 producers only, but Amanda thought that she had got some good footage so it may find its way on to the documentary.