My name is Julie Brady I’m 54 and a very proud mum of two boys, Daniel 28 and Matthew 26.
At Christmas 2003 I found a painful lump in my breast. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had the lump removed on the 14th January 2004. I needed chemo and radiotherapy and had to stay off work. I started on a programme at Beechwood and it gave me strength.
I became a volunteer as I wanted to give something back. I was lucky enough to become a member of staff as a receptionist and as cover in the kitchen. I finally had found my dream job; I loved every day trying to make a difference to our patients.
Last year after being cancer free for 10 years, I started to notice things going wrong with the right side of my body. After visits to the doctors and chiropractor I was told the most shocking news I had developed cancer at the left hand side of my brain. In September I had an operation to remove a tumour at Salford Royal Hospital. When I woke up I couldn’t speak and lost the use my right arm, I had suffered a stroke during my surgery.
In December I went back to Salford Royal and was told there was another large tumour in my brain. I had another operation on 17th December I was so scared. It was all taken out and I was able to get home before Christmas.
I was really pleased to go back on a programme for support at Beechwood. It was so good to be back with friends. Now I’m looking forward to getting back to work and keeping busy.
Thank you xxx.
Sadly Julie lost her battle with cancer in the Autumn of 2017.