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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, January 14, 2009

Day Care Centre at the Sue Ryder

I spent a pleasant day at Sue Ryder today with a number of other outpatients, although unfortunately none under 70! This is my second visit to the Day Care Centre. The staff are so nice and gentle and fun. There are always a couple of volunteers also to help during the day. I even get a 3 course lunch which is good because I'm not very good at eating at the moment.

I also had a blood transfusion over a 4 hour period today which I hope will help with my tiredness. The results came back today that my Hb level is 7.9 which is very low. I did have a few comments yesterday that I looked very pale.

Back in August 2008, my Hb was 7.9 but the Berkshire Cancer Unit were really reluctant to give me a blood transfusion and the chemo ward said it may take a week to fit me in for the infusion because they were so busy, yet within 3 days Sue Ryder have checked my blood, ordered the infusion and administered it! It's amazing what a bit of proactiveness does. As it turned out in August 08, I ended up having the blood transfusion in Germany because the Leonardis Klinik thought my Hb count was too low!


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