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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.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Trip to Brighton for Ricochet

Spent the weekend in Brighton to do some filming for the Ricochet documentary. We went to a lovely hotel in Lewes on the Sunday and met the other 4 families involved in the documentary. All the mum's of the families have terminal cancer but not one of us has the same diagnosis. It was really nice to be able to speak with other people in a similar situation who truly understood what I am going through, although we do all have different ways of coping with it.

The day was set up primarily for the filming but also to give all the families a chance to meet. The children were taken off to take part in some sporting and arty activities whilst the adults had time to chat before we were divided off into male and female groups. This was when we all had a chance to really talk about the cancer and how it is affecting us emotionally and physically.

All the children got on so well and had a right laugh, especially when they had the water fight. Even the staff from Ricochet were joining in and poor Julie from Winston's Wish got a right earful. I would just like to mention Tan and Hannah who were running round like blue a**e flies trying to make sure everything went according to plan, Amanda, the director who is heavily pregnant but still managed the whole day in the blistering hot sun. They're all great guys as are the technical crew with the lighting and sound and cameras. I've felt really comfortable with them around and feel that they are dealing with this difficult subject with compassion and with such sensitivity. I'm sure that it will be a wonderful film and something that we were really pleased to take part in.


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