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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.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Hols didn't quite go according to plan!

Just returned from a well deserved break in the sun but unfortunately it didn't quite go according to plan. We had a really smooth journey to Spain and we were really pleased with the attention given to our party because I was in a wheelchair. We arrived at our villa on time and were able to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. I had a good 3/4 days enjoyment before spending 6 days in bed with a possible stomach bug and then 7 hours in A&E at the Costa del Sol hospital. Following various chats with the doctors and an x-ray they said that they thought it could possibly be the cancer pushing my stomach up and irritating it. Fortunately I had my E111 card with me and didn't have to pay a penny for any of the treatment.

I did still manage to get out and about on the days that I didn't feel so bad thanks to having the wheelchair as I just couldn't walk very far and we managed to visit a number of nice places including Mijas and Puerto Banus, blimey how the other half live with their flash cars and £30 million pound yachts!

Julie did a marvellous job of dressing my armpit everyday and although we had a few days where it was getting quite bloody we managed to keep it under control. Unfortunately though, there is no change and I still have a massive hole in my armpit with no sign of healing. It did impact my holiday a great deal because I just couldn't swim and therefore no chance of cooling off from the lovely hot sun.

All in all it was lovely to get away, I didn't have to do anything and I didn't have to think about hospital appointments etc. Unfortunately I've returned on a real downer and have been in tears a few times over the last couple of days. I just don't know how I'm going to cope because I can hardly do anything myself any more without being extremely tired and in pain. I can't eat properly and I can't breath. I've got an Oncology appointment on Monday and am hoping to discuss my problems at length with Dr Barrett to see what can be done.


  • At 8:29 PM, Dawn said…

    Hello u, been trying to get hold of you, use the network of people around you, please don't be afraid to ask we are there for you and between us we will make sure everything is covered off, keep your chin up x call or text me x love u lots Tan xxx

  • At 7:55 PM, Dawn said…

    I'm hoping and praying for you, Dawn and am so glad you had a bit of holiday in Spain. If I ever win the lottery, I'm going to buy a villa on a tropical beach somewhere so myself and my best friends can soak up the sun and be served marguaritas by handsome native boys for the rest of our lives! Of course, I'd have a villa reserved for you and your family too. Take care and I'm sending my best wishes and positive vibes across the Atlantic to you,
    Yvonne Guerin

  • At 7:27 PM, Dawn said…

    Thanks as always to everyone who leaves me such lovely messages of support.



  • At 5:37 PM, Dawn said…

    Hi dawn, sorry hol was not as planned but i am glad you at least got away. I hope and pray Dr Barrett san think of a solution to your pain and tiredness. Keep you chin up Dawn think of you a lot.
    Yasmin X

  • At 9:07 PM, Dawn said…

    Hi Dawn - sorry things didn't go quite to plan - if you need anything just call - sending my love -
    pippa x

  • At 6:06 AM, Dawn said…

    Dear Dawn

    I have been following your blog as I found it quite by chance. I am saddened to hear that your holiday did not go as planned. I lost my dear Mum to cancer 4 years ago so I know what you and your family are going through. Never give up hope - you are an insight to others with your story.

  • At 9:30 AM, Dawn said…

    Hi Dawn lovely taking to you the other day. Hope you manage to get the operation as I know your hopes are pinned on it. You are such an inspiration to all around you and you should take great comfort in that when the tears come...You are one amazing lady. Through all the nightmares we have had had with the house move I have told myself that I should not grumble as there is you with all you have to put up with and still managing to laugh(like we did over the seeing out of the car issue - now you know what I have had to put up with over the years).

    Well we move Friday - let you know when we have a permanent address.
    Sending you a big hug and keep laughing. Karenxxx


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