“To hear the words “you have cancer” is the most terrifying thing to hear, but thank god for the unbelievable support that St James’s gave us and our families.”
Hi, my name is Catherine and this is my niece Kelly with me in the photograph. We are both breast cancer survivors and were both diagnosed within months of each other. I was 55 and Kelly was 33. We both attended St James’s Hospital and this is a little insight into our journey of the care we received from St James’s.
I was diagnosed in November 2015 and Kelly in February 2016. Our journey was both the same… We had five months of chemotherapy, six weeks of radiation, double Mastectomies with axillary clearance (and at this time Kelly had a six-month-old child and two other children) -This is where the support comes in through the hospital.
To hear the words “you have cancer” is the most terrifying thing to hear, but thank god for the unbelievable support that St James’s gave us and our families. It’s like they took us by the hands and held us through this journey step by step. Your donations help the hospital to give all the care and support that they do for their cancer patients, so that’s why it’s so important to donate.
So please if you can help in anyway big or small.
Cancer can make you feel so alone, and what St James’s Hospital does through this journey, they become your family too, that’s why donations are so important because with your help they can purchase equipment, create and furnish family rooms, support research and provide comfort & care to patients.
A big thank you to all who donate.
A special thank you to the Breast Care Team, Prof John Kennedy, Breast Surgeon Liz Connelly, Plastic Surgeon Dr Healy, Radiation team and all the fantastic nurses and staff at St James’s Hospital. Without you all we would not be here today. From the bottom of our hearts we cannot thank you enough.
Love Catherine and Kelly
Thank you so much to Catherine & Kelly for taking the time to share their cancer journey with us.