This Christmas, please help someone with cancer make the most of life.
Hi, my name is Manny….
I have a young son, Rabbie, who loves playing Lego with me, a strong supportive wife, Katy, who I love spending time with, and I have terminal bowel cancer.
Cancer can be a lonely place. It sucks your energy and your ability to face the future. Time that could be spent enjoying life with family or friends is taken up with hospital trips, intense treatment regimes and slow recovery periods. And even if you have time, you are often unable to enjoy it through the nausea of treatment drugs or the sharp edges of unmanageable pain.
Penny Brohn UK showed us that there is so much more help available than just medical treatment.
£25 could help provide a call to our friendly and helpful team for someone to receive advice and guidance
£89 could pay for one person to attend an uplifting wellbeing day to alleviate some of the stress and anxiety of their cancer diagnosis
£297 could pay for one person to attend our 4 week treatment support programme helping people to stay well during cancer treatment, and beyond
Online sessions with specialist nutritionists helped me reintroduce fresh fruit and vegetables and some much-missed Pakistani dishes to my diet. Quick ideas, like adding seeds to porridge or eating ‘rainbow plates’ really helped.
The dietary changes were great, giving me more energy, but I was still taking a cocktail of painkillers and often felt too nauseous to eat and too exhausted to play with Rabbie or talk to Katy. It was the follow up one-to-one sessions with a trained specialist in cancer support that gave us the transformational moment of clarity we desperately needed.
We were told about a whole range of integrative and complementary therapies, designed to sit alongside ongoing primary care. Our Penny Brohn UK integrative doctor was kind, generous with her time and completely focused on finding effective ways to help manage my pain. She knew that was the key to me being able to enjoy a better quality of life.
I received complementary pain management therapies, including acupuncture, to target my pain and nausea. It has completely changed my approach to pain, helping me significantly reduce the amount of painkillers I take.
“The day after my first acupuncture session we went to Alton Towers with our friends – I loved it and stayed on the rides into the evening, long after Katy, Rabbie and our friends were ready to go home.” Manny
The knock-on effects of reduced nausea and getting my pain under control is that I have a better appetite and diet. I am enjoying food again, which means I have more energy and stamina.
Building strength in the face of ongoing cancer treatment is one of the most important things Penny Brohn UK has supported us with. The cancer is still there, but my body is more equipped to deal with it.
I’m hopeful about the future and know that whatever life decides to throw at me next, I’m ready for it.
“Watching Manny playing with Rabbie again is amazing. Who knows what the future holds, we’re just enjoying the time we have now as a family.” Katy, Manny’s wife