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.