wigs to wishes.org.uk

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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Ricochet TV Production Company visit

Ricochet TV production company came to visit today to have a chat about us taking part in a documentary that they are producing for Channel 4. Just my luck that I felt really ill this morning so wasn’t exactly feeling my best when we were being interviewed. I received an email from the production company in March asking me if I would be interested in taking part in a documentary that is looking at the impact of cancer on family life when a mother becomes ill. The documentary is inspired by the manual Helen Harcombe left to her husband. The film will follow mums who have been diagnosed with advanced cancer living with the uncertainty that such a diagnosis implies.

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.


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