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.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Lymphoedema Clinic

I went to see a new Lymphoedema Nurse in Windsor today in the hope of relieving the problems I have been having with my swollen arm and hand and possibly fluid retention in other parts of the body. Well I think I wished I hadn't bothered! My right hand has been totally bandaged up which makes it very difficult to wash, shower, clean, wash the dishes etc. Then I have to wear an arm sleeve which really constricts my arm and follow a 20 minute exercise session. I look a right whalley and the arm sleeve which also goes over my hand was so tight, my thumb was going numb! I also need to visit the Lymphoedema Nurse for 8 sessions over the next 2 weeks which is a bit of a nightmare considering the children are on school holidays and I still need to attend work. All this is adding to my already high stress levels and I think if this doesn't make too much of a significant difference, then, I'm just going to have to accept the situation because I can't live my life with a bandaged hand and trussed up arm.


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