Jen was such a loving and caring mum, wife and friend – she was a very special person to so many. But our lives were turned upside down when she found a lump and, within a few weeks, was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer at just 33 years old. The family was devastated and overwhelmed with fear over what lay ahead.
Finding Penny Brohn
We didn’t know where to turn… until we found Penny Brohn. Despite the diagnosis and everything that came with it, whether it was gruelling treatment or emotional stresses, Jen always retained her infectious smile that would light up a room. We were very scared of the future, but Penny Brohn helped us feel less scared and helped Jen take back control.
Penny Brohn helped us face the future with strength and positivity. Even when Jen was really sick, she had such a great way of engaging with people. Although the odds were against her, Jen remained incredibly upbeat and always got a real boost from the thought that her positivity might help others with cancer.
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.