Support 100 New Haven Breast Cancer Patients

by The Haven
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Apr 21, 2011

The Haven, April 2011

Graham Haigh
Graham Haigh

On two consecutive days in one week two years ago my life changed forever.

After being told that tests showed I had prostate cancer, I was called in to my doctor the following day and told I had breast cancer – I simply could not believe it.

Over the months that followed I was treated for both cancers by the skilled staff at the two Leeds teaching hospitals – exemplary service which left me ready to get on with my life. I got used to hearing the phrase “you were very unlucky”, but needed to concentrate on how best to come to terms with a changed life.

I was told that the fact that I was in good physical shape at the beginning of this journey would help me significantly during both treatment and recuperation, and this proved to be the case. I was determined to remain positive, as I had been warned that the worst thing that can happen is to 'give up' and be negative.

At one of my check-ups following radiography for the breast cancer, it was suggested that I might like to consider visiting The Haven in Leeds. This proved a very interesting experience as I had no real idea what services they provided. I found a location staffed by kind and caring people whose sole purpose seemed to be to provide a range of services which catered for people who were perhaps struggling to get their lives back in order.

The environment and positive atmosphere was very welcome, and I was able to sample a whole range of treatments and presentations which allowed me to learn and concentrate on moving forward. The fact that I was the only male Visitor didn't concern me too much (although I can understand that some people might have found it a little daunting). I nicknamed myself 'the Lone Ranger'.

I have found my time spent on visits to the centre, meeting the staff and the specialists who provide the services offered, have helped me develop a balanced outlook. It was good to see the efforts of the people at The Haven having such a positive effect on each of the Visitors.

Having had ongoing positive feedback from my check-ups, I am now able to lead a relatively normal life again, the only real negative being the excessive tiredness which I experience as a result of the Tamoxifen medication. I do like to still visit The Haven in Leeds, both to see the friends I have made on the staff, or to attend a specialist presentation.

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The Haven

Location: London, -London - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.thehaven.org.uk/​
Project Leader:
Hannah Daws
London, United Kingdom
$12,322 raised of $90,000 goal
 
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