Breast Cancer

Sam’s testimonial (Breast cancer)

Star Throwers not only supports the cancer patient, but the carers too. It has been a haven of calmness and positivity for me and my husband, with free treatments that helped us through the utterly devastating rigours of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.

Although I have been given the all clear, I appreciate the therapies that were made available to help manage the ongoing effects that have impacted my quality of life.

Star Throwers demonstrates a consistent level of professionalism which is not always evident in local charities. They manage to provide excellent care to those whose lives have been completely torn apart with the diagnosis of cancer. They have a very capable core team who oversee the facilities, yet do not see themselves as above those seeking comfort and information.

Star Throwers actively assist anyone needing help, sourcing documentation and evidence to support a chosen path or treatment.

With the increase year on year, of people being diagnosed with cancer, Star Throwers provide invaluable benefits to the community, as without their support, many patients and carers would struggle to survive the sheer enormity of what a diagnosis of cancer really means.

 

Deb’s story (Breast Cancer, Paget’s Disease of the Nipple)

2016 was supposed to be a really exciting year for my husband and I as we were eagerly awaiting the birth of our second grandson. However, on 10th December 2016, upon returning home from a family meal, I went upstairs to get changed and as I got undressed I noticed my left nipple looked pink. I saw my GP five days later who thought it wasn’t anything nasty, but after trying two  types of prescription creams I was referred to the hospital for a mammogram and biopsy, which was two days before Christmas.

It was on Thursday 19th January that it was officially confirmed that I had Paget’s disease of the nipple, a condition that is associated with breast cancer. It felt very overwhelming to receive the diagnosis and of course there were a few tears.

My cancer was treated with two operations. After the second operation I was told they definitely ‘got it all’. Of course this was a huge relief for me and my husband and it was at this turning point that I decided from now on there is no looking back, only forward.

I really wanted to start getting “back to normal” but felt I needed some support in doing so. It as at this point I decided to visit Star Throwers to find out a little bit more about them. Prior to this I knew they helped people with cancer but not specifically how.

I was a little nervous as I walked into the centre on Melton Road but upon arriving I was made to feel very welcome.  Someone sat down with me in their homely lounge area to listen to what I had been through. They also kindly explained about the all the services they have on offer for someone in my situation. I was particularly interested in their Cancer Information service, complementary supportive therapies, and especially yoga as I enjoyed fitness activities but didn’t feel ready to go to the gym yet after my operation.

I had my first cancer information session a week later, which was very informative, and over the following few weeks I also had an Indian Head Massage and Reiki, and took part in their yoga class, all of which helped me slowly regain my strength; not just physically but also mentally and emotionally.

I felt I was speaking to friends. I came away feeling happy and positive that I would make a full recovery.

In the course of my visits at Star Throwers I have met some wonderful, friendly people who always greet me with a smile. It was lovely to have such kindness and support. I also greatly benefited from speaking to others who were in similar situation to me. Although my family and friends were great, until you have cancer you can never fully understand what people are going through. Just talking to others in my situation really helped.

Currently, I’m trying to live life to the full and do things now instead of putting them off, as I feel I’ve had a wake up call with having cancer. It’s definitely made me appreciate life and how quickly things can change. I am also an events volunteer for Star Throwers, helping them run stalls at various events.

Thank you to Star Throwers for their support in my recovery.