In the 2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through treatment before receiving the all clear in 2015. When I started to feel unwell in 2017 the doctors thought that the breast cancer had returned but tests showed that it was stage four lung cancer.
The news came as a huge shock. I had only married Mike in 2013 and it felt so unfair. The past ten years of my life have been coloured by cancer and it breaks my heart to look at my husband and know how uncertain my future is. This isn’t the life that Mike and I had planned together.
I have had chemotherapy which was hideous and radiotherapy on my brain. During the chemotherapy treatment in 2017 I was really struggling and feeling distressed. I called the Penny Brohn helpline and they organised for me to attend the treatment support clinic at the National Centre.
Penny Brohn gives me someone else I can turn to and another source of support. The doctors are so helpful and open about complementary therapies to help me to live as well as possible. I feel that I can say things to them that I can’t to the doctors at the hospital and that they have the time to really listen to me. When I went to the treatment support clinic I tried acupuncture to help with the side effects of treatment.
Mike and I have attended the Living Well and Approach courses at the National Centre. On the courses they discussed practical steps that I could take. I decided to join the Nordic Walking group which takes place at the National Centre every week. When I can, I attend the group with one of my friends.
In October 2018, Mike and I took part in Stomp, a sponsored walk in aid of Penny Brohn UK. Since I was diagnosed, Penny Brohn UK has been a great help to me. I wanted to take part in the Stomp walk to give something back found it a great experience and huge achievement to walk six miles. I was touched to receive lots of generous sponsorship from family and friends.