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I am organising and taking a part in a fund raising event for Rosemere Cancer Foundation. The event is an abseil conducted with the help of Mountain Monkeys.
The venue is the disused Denham quarry near Chorley. There will be 53 folk undertaking an abseil with staff from Skelmersdale, Ormskirk, Chorley and Leyland Jobcentres plus friends and a gang from Trimmers Hairdressers in Skelmersdale. Many are literally "scared to death" and frightened of heights but they all know somebody suffering from this disease and want to help.
I was diagnosed in October 2014 with breast cancer after a routine mammogram. Prior to the diagnosis I regarded myself a very fit and was very active. I am a serious fellwalker and walked most weekends in the Lake District with an average walk consisting of around 12 miles and 3000 feet of ascent. I had changed to part time working in January to allow me to enjoy my life more and I had finally got a great life balance. I was thoroughly enjoying life. I walked into the Linacre breast care centre in Wigan absolutely confident that It was a harmless lump they had found and left devastated and wondering if I was to have a life.... not the balance part.
I was not treated well by the Linacre Centre and was virtually thrown out after the diagnosis with no counselling or support whatsoever after a diagnosis that was unclear as to an outcome. Fortunately my after-treatment sent me to Rosemere which restored my faith in the NHS and made me an arch supporter. My son told me that he had never seen such kindness displayed before as he waited for me during treatment and saw the support offered to waiting patients. I was treated from the outset as a person with lots of care, respect and support and "nothing was too much trouble" as we say in Lancashire. I continue my follow up at Chorley Hospital which is linked to Rosemere and they have the same ethos. I owe Rosemere a large debt of gratitude and I hope you will support my event with donations.
I think you probably all know someone affected by this terrible disease and this is a way to help support sufferers through their cancer journey.