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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.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Oncology appointment - doom and gloom

Not a good day at the hospital. Saw Dr Barrett again and the news was not good. My blood count is really low therefore another round of chemo has been postponed. I explained to Dr Barret that I still have terrible problems walking and that although they gave me radiotherapy to my pelvis on the left side two weeks ago, the pain I'm currently experiencing (and was when I last spoke to her) is on my right. She has suggested another shot of radiotherapy to the right side to see if this will help.

I had to ask her what the implications are of this spread in the pelvis as I could understand if it was in the liver or lungs but I thought that it was not so serious if it were in the bones but Dr Barrett said it was just as serious because the bone marrow is contained in the bones and if it is compromised this is not good. She did go on to say that I do have a limited life but as I was on my own she asked me whether I wished her to continue with the conversation and I declined because I'm just not in a good place right now to hear the negative news. She believes that now is the time to call in the Macmillan team who may be able to help me in different ways. She said that we have tried the chemical route and now maybe it is time to make me more comfortable. I agreed with this course of action but was quite upset as I suppose I see this as the next stage. Is it really all going down hill from here?

I went up for my treatment on the chemo ward and chatted at length to Sarah, one of the chemo nurses. She suggested that if I didn't hear from a member of the Macmillan team by Monday that I was to give them a call and they would chase it for me.


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