I’ve since visited the Centre a number of times. No matter what baggage I arrive with, by the end of my time there, I always feel as though the cloud has been lifted and I can go home feeling at peace with myself.
Two years after my diagnosis, I was shocked to be re-diagnosed with breast cancer. This time it was more aggressive and needed chemo and radiotherapy.
I found this second time really hard. I could only manage five out of the six chemo treatments because I became so ill with it. Radiotherapy was really difficult, I felt very exposed and quite degraded by the whole process. My body felt battered and the loss of my hair added to the distress. I could not recognise who I was anymore. By the time I’d finished treatment, I was extremely low and felt I was in a very dark place emotionally.
I needed Penny Brohn. I decided to attend a retreat. It was transformational. I felt like I’d gone through a very dark tunnel and come out at the other side into the light. The facilitators could see how much I was struggling and helped me to work through my difficult thoughts and feelings. They gave me the time and space I needed to come to terms and make sense of what I had been through and the effects it had had on me both physically and emotionally. Throughout the week I felt safe and supported, I was able to release all the built up emotions I had been suppressing since my diagnosis. It was a real journey of transformation.
I truly thank Penny Brohn for everything they’ve done for me. My younger brother was so moved by my experiences at Penny Brohn that he ran a half marathon and then the London Marathon to raise a substantial amount for the charity. I also make monthly donations to Penny Brohn, to thank them for the help I’ve received.
My family see the benefits of Penny Brohn’s help. As a family we have made lifestyle changes as a result of things learnt from them. I can genuinely say from the bottom of my heart that Penny Brohn has been a lifesaver. I don’t know where I’d be without the charity.