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Ann Emerson

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Hi, my name is Ann Emerson and I am 54 years old.  I have two beautiful daughters, Roseanna aged 22 and Charlotte aged 20.  I also have a wonderful partner, Ian, who I have been with for 6 years. We were away on a cruise in July 2012 when I noticed some distinct changes in my right breast, I’d noticed slight changes earlier but had dismissed these as I had suffered with cysts for years and was having regular checks at Stepping Hill Hospital.

When I went for my regular check and as soon as the doctor saw me I could tell from his face that things were bad.  I was sent for a mammogram and ultrasound and was booked in for a biopsy the next day.  A week later I was given the devastating news that I had a large tumour and I had to start Chemotherapy within 2 weeks to try to shrink it making it easier to perform a mastectomy.  I was in complete shock.  How would the girls cope? How was I going to tell my elderly parents?  I had no other relatives, I suddenly felt very alone, even though Ian was by my side all the way.  I remember that day, saying to the breast nurse “is there anyone I can talk to, I can’t do this on my own.”  She gave me a leaflet about Beechwood.  The next week was just a blur of visits to The Christie and Stepping Hill Hospital for tests.

Words cannot describe how I felt was.  I blamed myself for not getting checked out earlier, and then it may not have spread to the lymph nodes.  I rang Beechwood a couple of weeks later.  I started on a 8 week programme in November.  The first day I walked in, I was so nervous, but I needn’t have been.  One of the wonderful volunteers took my coat, made me a drink and told me to relax in the lovely lounge.   As soon as I sat down I began to relax and straight away felt I could just be me, I didn’t have to put on a brave face for anyone.  I made some good friends and the support of the counsellors, therapists and volunteers was just amazing.  I honestly don’t know how I would have got through that worst period of my life without their fantastic support.

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