Cancer

big dave's big walk

In training

In training

David is undertaking a massive challenge to raise money for three cancer charities and we are absolutely delighted that we have been chosen, along with Breast Cancer Care and Trekstock. He is doing a solo walk of 838 miles from Ipswich to Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. He decided to take on this challenge to mark his 60th birthday in May and to raise money and awareness for good causes.

Recently someone close to him was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 27 and has become a key part of his focus for doing this. It also made him reflect on how many people he has known over the years that have been affected by all types of cancer. From grandparents and siblings to friends and work colleagues there have been many, so he thought what better thing could he do for his big birthday than to raise as much money as possible for some of the wonderful charities that help and support people going through this.

Where he’s headed…..

Where he’s headed…..

With the aim of walking 25 miles per day training is obviously very important and to date he has completed 60 individual walks ranging from 5 to 24 miles long. He will be starting off on his big walk on 27th March at an average of 25 miles per day and will take 42 days to complete allowing for rest days, and his arrival date is 8th May.

David said "To date I've walked over 800 miles in training and worn out two pairs of walking shoes and I still have 200 training miles to do! I have never done anything remotely like this before so it really is a major challenge for me as you can imagine."

From Ipswich to Barcelona

From Ipswich to Barcelona

You’ll find lots more information on his blog https://www.bigdavesbigwalk.com and on his JustGiving team page https://www.justgiving.com/teams/bigdavesbigwalk

Please take a few minutes to have a look at what he is doing and hopefully you’ll feel it’s well worth making a donation and if you could help spread the news that would be great too. He can be found on Facebook: big dave’s big walk or Instagram: @bigdavesbigwalk 

'It's All About You' CCiS Beauty, Wig and Wellbeing Workshops...

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Cancer Campaign in Suffolk offers a range of different workshops for those with a cancer diagnosis in Suffolk. One of the amazing workshops which they offer is called 'Its All About You' which focuses on beauty products, skin care and a range of human hair wigs. These workshops have now been running for a few years and continue to prove popular.

The workshops are held monthly within a non clinical environment , both in East and West Suffolk, they are relaxed and interactive to ensure that everybody gets what they desire out of the day.

Throughout the day you are taught about different paraben and talc free skin care and make up which is available to buy on the day or through the CCiS website, and a range of human hair wigs at affordable prices, which you can try on and which are also available to buy.

The day really is a day to remember and offers the opportunity to chat and spend time with others going through similar experiences.

“I felt confident using makeup, which will help me feel better as I start to rebuild my life.” — Christine

You are able to sign up for the workshop through the CCiS website or give them a call on 01473 211884

 
 
 

Terri's Story...

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Last Wednesday 20th September marked my annual oncology review at Ipswich Hospital. These appointments consist of blood tests and a check-up and chat with my consultant about how I'm feeling/any worries or concerns I may have. In December I will be 8 years cancer-free which is just amazing news and I truly feel grateful for this every single day. However, these reviews bring it all home to me that actually no matter how far down the line you get - the cancer never quite lets you get away. The week before and days leading up to my appointments are always nail biting, nerve wracking times for me as there's always that little 'what if' niggle in the back of my mind.

Thankfully my blood tests all came back fine and the lymph node examination was all clear, however unfortunately as a direct effect of having radiotherapy to my neck area, one of the long term issues I now suffer from is an underactive thyroid which requires me to take medication every day now for the rest of my life. These levels are monitored every 6-8weeks at the moment and are proving to be difficult to get stabilised so a medication increase has been advised. The main symptom of this that I suffer from is extreme fatigue and exhaustion - which can be very difficult to deal with alongside the 'busyness' of general everyday work and life. Being 8 years cancer-free also means I am now required to have regular mammograms - I have a largely increased risk of developing breast cancer in the future which is another long term effect of having radiotherapy to the tumours in my chest area.

I'm sharing this today to hopefully allow people to understand that when you receive the 'all clear' it doesn't fully mark the end. The ongoing blood tests, scans, consultant reviews and medical issues as a result of treatment are always there to remind you of your journey with cancer.

The services we provide are to support people because we understand how anxious, terrifying and life consuming both the treatments and their side effects can be and sometimes it isn't necessarily when you are in the midst of your treatment programme that you require support, but actually afterwards when you have that bit more time and energy to digest what it is your mind and body have been through. We like to feel that our services are flexible to meet the needs of people affected by cancer - whether that be during or after their treatment.

Here is me pictured with one of my consultant's Dr Andrew Hodson - a gem of a man, always greeting me with a smile and taking the time to explain things to me regarding the medical issues I now suffer with as a result of my treatment and also making me aware of further issues that could arise in the future and what to look out for.

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If you or someone you know could benefit from our services, please download the application form featured on this website.

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