As we enter a brand new year, we are delighted to be able to share this very special message from Laura.

Thanks to you, Laura’s story has raised already raised almost £14,000. The money raised so far can help 75 people to live well with cancer by helping them to take control of their health and wellbeing. 

Last month, many of you inspired by Laura’s story, gave a gift in response to her determination to take back control of her health and wellbeing – to make the most of life – whilst living with cancer.

As a normally fit and energetic person, Laura instinctively knew that something was wrong when she was unable to perform simple physical activity, like climbing the stairs or walking the dog.  After a lot of worry and many visits to doctors she was finally diagnosed with Stage 3 Lymphoma. 

Laura was scared and felt very alone. Despite having a large circle of friends and a close family, she found it very difficult to discuss her feelings and to talk about her cancer diagnosis and its impact on her life. 

Laura is not alone. We know that over 50% of people, newly diagnosed with cancer, have unmet emotional and spiritual needs. Needs that may require more than medicine to be able to live well.  At Penny Brohn, we offer one to one services to help meet these needs. For Laura, this was simple nutritional advice as well as therapies such as acupuncture and tools to help with meditation and mindfulness. These were some of the things she needed to get through her darkest times.

Three years on, Laura is fit and healthy and spent this Christmas in Australia with her family, including her new-born niece. She is a very proud first-time auntie! We are thrilled to have been a part of Laura’s journey to recovery.

This year, we want to help more people like Laura to live well with cancer. You can help us. If you believe that people need more than medicine to live well with cancer donate to Laura’s appeal today and help us to keep our vital services free for all those that need them.  

Thank you, on behalf of Laura and everyone at Penny Brohn UK, for your continued support.

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