Jen and I attended a Living Well course at the beginning of her treatment. It was amazing, eye-opening experience. For the first time since diagnosis, Jen regained control and purpose. She wasn’t going to give up and knew Penny Brohn wouldn’t either.
She received professional support including acupuncture and nutritional advice, and developed a superhuman determination to fight the disease – even through some unbelievably tough times. Jen also started swimming regularly, despite having a PIC line, Nordic walking and yoga. Penny Brohn made such a huge difference to our outlook and emotions.
Everything about Penny Brohn struck a chord with Jen. She ate well, exercised daily and did all the right things. Jen was very informed and determined, she knew why she should eat certain foods and the benefits of things like relaxation. But to have all this reaffirmed by Penny Brohn’s cancer specialists made a massive difference.
Focusing on yourself
Penny Brohn was the place Jen came when she needed time to focus on herself, which isn’t easy when you’re a mum with two small children. She always made a point of dropping in after chemo or seeing the oncologist. Penny Brohn gave her the lift she needed to bounce back again and be positive – something that meant a lot to me, too.
Simply, Jen really loved this amazing place and everything it stands for. I still think of it as Jen’s place. But it’s also mine, and yours, available to anyone and I think that’s well worth supporting. I know that she’d want me, our family and friends to do whatever we could to continue to support it in her memory. There’s nowhere quite like it. Not having this compassionate and clued-up source of care is almost unthinkable, which is why we are committed to supporting Penny Brohn, so others can feel its warm, nurturing hands as well.
Charity of the Year
Sadly, Jen passed away in December 2014. Since, we have raised over £50,000 for Penny Brohn. My employer, Proact UK, has been fantastic, making Penny Brohn its Charity of the Year for several years running, also hosting balls and other fundraisers. Many family and friends have also gone above and beyond, through runs and other exhausting challenges – all for Jen – all for Penny Brohn. Jen would be thrilled that she’s still raising money for the charity that gave her so much support, so please support them.