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.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

BBC News interview

BBC Health correspondent rang me this morning asking if I would do an interview for them for the 1 O'Clock news and possibly the 6 O'Clock news. I was a little reluctant because I'm supposed to be at home off work resting following my treatments last week. Anyway, I was talked into helping out and they sent a camera crew up from London. Basically they wanted me to comment on the news that the NHS are paying for an anti smoking pill which will help smokers give up. Obviously I felt that this was wrong because people have a choice whether to smoke and damage their bodies. It is well documented that we have known since the 1950's that smoking damages your health and can cause lung cancer. I haven't done anything to cause my cancer and yet the NHS are withholding crucial drugs which could prolong my life because they can't afford them and yet they are paying for pills to stop people smoking. Whose to say that these smokers give the pills a go and then decide to smoke again. What a waste.

I know these anti smoking pills are very cheap compared to cancer treatment but if the NHS saved in other wasteful areas as well, it all adds up. Smokers have a choice to give up and save their health. I don't.

Documentary maker and author, Adam Wishart also visited me this afternoon to discuss his ideas for his documentary on cancer drugs in particular, he is looking at Tykerb. This could be a very interesting documentary for me because I want to try Tykerb. It could potentially prolong my life and isn't a chemotherapy drug.


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