When Barbara was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 she came to Penny Brohn UK for support.
"If you're reading this and have cancer – please, don't hesitate to contact Penny Brohn UK. They're waiting for your call and will help you a great deal, with their compassion and understanding"
I can honestly say, I don't know what I'd have done without Penny Brohn UK. My life would have turned out completely different.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. It spread to my lymph glands and therefore had a mastectomy and the glands removed. I recovered from surgery very well, but decided I needed to stop radiotherapy because I had allergies and it was making me feel really ill.
This was the hardest decision I have ever faced. I called Penny Brohn UK and they said it was my decision, but suggested I read Your Life in Your Hands. I already had the book, so read it from cover to cover. I did some meditations and came to the decision that I was not going to have any more radiotherapy. I kept asking myself, what if I'm wrong. I wrote a list of reasons to stop and became stronger with my decision.
During the next few days, I decided to attend Penny Brohn UK. I was so well looked after by their experts, including their doctor, nutritionist, art therapist, music therapist, counsellor and wonderful course facilitators teaching me qi gong, meditation and many other things. The group, like myself, there to learn about Penny Brohn UK’s Bristol Whole Life Approach, were great. We even had healing from Pat Pilkington, which was truly amazing. I enjoyed shiatsu, healing, nutritional advice and counselling, which continued for two years after I attended several courses.
One of the most important things I learnt was the need to listen and look after our mind, body, spirit and emotions. I realise we cannot always do this, we shift from time-to-time and if we are feeling low, we get stuck in there, but by listening to them, we can grow, move forward and make the best decisions for us.
In 2015, I was diagnosed with a new breast cancer (not secondary) and underwent another mastectomy. Because I gained so much from Penny Brohn UK, I returned and attended a two-day course which was incredibly rewarding. I continue to keep in contact with staff even now.
If you are reading this and have cancer – please, do not hesitate to contact Penny Brohn UK. They are waiting for your call and will help you a great deal, with their compassion and understanding. Also, if you are able to donate a bit, this allows others with cancer to access Penny Brohn UK alongside the NHS.