Gill Webb is from Cardiff and was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2014.
This is Gill's story:
“I’d been having mammograms for the last ten years, so when, in January 2014, I was recalled I skipped along expecting to be one of the four in five recalled women who are okay. Half an hour later I walked out and lent against the railings and whispered to myself, “I have breast cancer”. It was an oestrogen-positive size two tumour in my left breast.
Two weeks later I had an operation to remove the part of the breast where the tumour was. As a result of the biopsy taken during this op, it was found that I had a small amount of cancer cells in my left sentinel lymph gland, so I had a second operation two weeks later to remove the lymph nodes. Unfortunately between these operations, my mother died which compounded the misery.
After my surgery I needed radiotherapy and a course of chemotherapy too. Throughout my treatment I was lucky enough to have regular phone calls from Jane on the Tenovus Cancer Care Support Line (0808 808 1010 - 365 days a year). Her gentle voice and understanding comments were a lifeline, sometimes just at the right time.
Eventually in November 2014 my treatment was over! I celebrated at my daughter Charlotte’s wedding. During treatment, I didn’t really have time to think of anything other than getting through each day and getting to the end. My emotions were more or less on hold. So afterwards I struggled somewhat emotionally, but through Tenovus Cancer Care I was able to have one to one counselling on the Mobile Support Unit. It’s really helped get rid of anxious thoughts and meant I’ve been able to talk openly about my feelings. It’s been a huge help to me and has taken the pressure off family and friends.
The support given to me by Tenovus Cancer Care was so important and I’m pleased to say I have started 2015 feeling much better. Overall from diagnosis to completion of my medical treatment, the quality of care I have received has been second to none and I have every confidence that yours will be too. Good luck!”
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