Penny Brohn was started in the same year and city as I was born, but I confess that I had never heard of it until after I received a diagnosis of breast cancer. Finding a lump in your breast is a sobering event at any age. For me, initially, it was a time of overwhelm and uncertainty, because there is so much information out there and everyone has advice to give.
Creating my own personal plan
Looking back, the most important thing for me at that time was that the treatment that I received was personal to me and that I had faith in its effectiveness. Through the Treatment Support Clinic, I was given access to an open-minded team (including a doctor) who spent time with me to discuss statistics, the NHS and other alternative treatment options. They recommended books, supported me to ask the right questions to my consultant and to find a surgeon in Bristol.
This allowed me to create my own personal plan, which included a 6 week holiday in France, a privately paid oncotype test, a mastectomy (with immediate reconstruction), a strong dose of chemotherapy, juicing, supplements, meditating, visualising and a balanced and moderate eating plan.
Support through chemotherapy
The Penny Brohn courses and Treatment Support Clinics offered unconditional support throughout my treatment. This was through visualisations, meditations, healing sessions and acupuncture. Most importantly, I listened to others share their personal experiences of treatment and as a result made decisions about my own treatment that I would never have known existed.
During one session, I received a prescription from the doctor to be “excessively gentle” to myself during chemo. Nowhere else in the world does a doctor prescribe that!