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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, May 03, 2007

PET Scan in Germany

Drove 3 hours to Stuttgart this morning for the PET scan. I had 2 injections into my small veins, as usual they were playing up and I had to put my arm in a sink of hot water. (Unfortunately I can't use my port over here). Anyway after the first injection I had to lie down and wait 20 mins before they gave me the second injection which always gives me a severe stomach ache for 5 mins. The scan was then 1 hr 10 mins. For the last half an hour I was in absolute agony, my left arm and shoulder were giving me a lot of pain but I couldn't move. I was thinking that I was going to have to ask them to stop the scan at one point it was so painful but thankfully just about made it to the end.

Unfortunately the results were not good. The stability of the bone marrow has been affected but not so much the hard bone (the bone marrow is inside your bones). There has been more spread and this is not good news. The Dr was however surprised at how well I looked considering the results of the scan (story of my life). The Dr went on to say that when the cancer spreads from the breast it can change its form and become a different type in different parts of the body and therefore become resistant to many different treatments. He also said that I must ensure that I manage the pain otherwise it could make me depressed and constantly think about the tumours too much. Fortunately at this moment in time I am not in a lot of pain and certainly not depressed. P'd off yes!!!


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