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					Barnsley Breast Cancer Support Group

 “The Bosom
   Buddies”
Contents
2	   A	word	from	Barnsley	Hospital
3	   A	word	from	Josie	Foster
4	   Foreword
5	   ‘A	helping	hand’
6	   Barnsley	Breast	Cancer	Support	Group
7	   Wendy’s	story
8	   Paula’s	story
9	   Tracey	T’s	story
10	 Carol	B’s	story
11	 Tracey	W’s	story
12	 Bev’s	story
12	 Carol’s	story
13	 Kay’s	story
13	 Linda’s	story
14	 Danie’s	story
15	 Our	bosom	buddies
16	 Thank	you
	    Get	in	touch
Barnsley Breast Cancer Support Group

     “The Bosom
       Buddies”




                 1
A word
                I	am	delighted	to	introduce	you	to	this	the	first	Barnsley	
                Breast	Cancer	Support	Group	booklet	produced	by	breast	
from Barnsley   cancer	patients,	for	breast	cancer	patients,	right	here	in	
                Barnsley.
Hospital        As	a	woman	with	two	of	my	very	close	family	diagnosed	
                with	and	being	treated	for	breast	cancer,	I	know	just	how	
                crucial	it	is	to	have	information,	support	and	a	positive	
                outlook	in	the	face	of	a	very	daunting	disease	and	very	
                challenging	treatment.	It	is	also	critical	to	have	love	and	
                sensitive	care	and	kindness.

                This	booklet	cannot	have	been	produced	without	the	
                enormous	efforts	of	Lynette	Myatt	to	whom	we	owe	a	
                huge	thank	you.	Lynette’s	passion,	warmth,	humanity	and	
                kindness	has	enabled	many	women	with	breast	cancer	
                to	find	spirit	and	inner	confidence	when	faced	with	the	
                unknown.	She	has	tirelessly	given	her	time	to	volunteering	
                at	Barnsley	Hospital	for	over	four	years	and	in	that	time	has	
                supported	many	women	on	ward	14.	She	is	a	remarkable	
                person	and	very	special	to	many	women	and	cannot	be	
                thanked	enough.

                45,000	women	are	diagnosed	with	breast	cancer	every	year	
                in	the	UK,	and	one	in	nine	of	us	will	develop	the	disease.	
                It	is	absolutely	essential	that	screening	services	are	further	
                developed	to	enable	rapid	and	first	class	diagnosis.	
                All	the	evidence	is	that	the	sooner	the	disease	is	identified	
                the	higher	chance	of	successful	treatment.	There	is	still	
                a	proportion	of	women	who	do	not	attend	for	their	routine	
                screening	and	we	must	do	all	we	can	to	encourage	that	
                to	change.	There	is	also	more	we	must	do	to	encourage	
                women	who	are	worried	to	visit	their	doctor	to	get	any	
                necessary	checks	to	be	undertaken.

                Barnsley	Hospital	is	the	best	performing	hospital	in	our	
                region	in	providing	breast	screening	and	in	2007	we	saw	
                all	28,980	women	in	Barnsley	eligible	for	breast	screening	
                under	the	NHS	national	programme.	I	hope	you	will	agree	
                with	me	that	we	have	a	dedicated	breast	screening	staff	
                group	who	are	achieving	very	high	standards.

                This	booklet	represents	an	equally	exceptional	support	
                service	led	by	Lynette	and	the	Barnsley	Breast	Cancer	
                Support	Group.	The	extraordinary	determination	and	
                courage	many	women	show	in	their	journey	through	breast	
                cancer	is	an	inspiration	to	us	all,	and	reminds	us	all	how	
                precious	life	is.	I	hope	their	spirit,	humour,	and	experience	
                can	benefit	us	all	and	that	you	like	me	will	find	enormous	
                encouragement	from	this	booklet.

                Sandra Taylor
                Chief Executive, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

                              2
 A word from Josie Foster
The	idea	for	this	publication	has	come	from	the	hospital’s	
breast	cancer	support	group.	The	group	decided	they	would	
like	to	share	their	experiences	with	those	of	you	who	are	
using,	or	who	have	used	the	breast	services	here	at	the	
hospital.	It	also	aims	to	help	patients	realise	they	are	not	
alone.

By	coming	together,	this	group	of	ladies	have	shared	their	
experiences	on	an	emotional	level	to	help	to	heal	one	other	
in	ways	we	as	nurses	cannot	fully	appreciate.

The	feedback	I	receive	regarding	this	group	and	from	
personally	watching	the	joy	they	have	in	sharing	their	
stories,	makes	me	realise	the	tremendous	value	this	
group	has.	I	admire	them	greatly	for	their	courage	and	
determination	and	long	may	it	continue.

Josie Foster
Assistant Director of Nursing
for Women and Children’s Services,
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust




             3
           In	May	1991,	aged	38,	I	was	devastated	to	be	told	that	I	had	
Foreword   to	have	a	mastectomy.		At	the	time,	I	was	really	grateful	for	
           the	support	given	to	me	by	Margaret	Muller,	who	had	set	up	
           a	voluntary	counselling	service	for	breast	cancer	patients	
           and	Mary	Ward,	a	volunteer	counsellor,	both	of	whom	
           had	undergone	breast	surgery	themselves.		Their	positive	
           attitude	and	regular	ward	visits	encouraged	me	to	look	
           to	the	future	with	hope	rather	than	dwell	on	the	negative	
           aspects	of	my	illness,	and	I	was	soon	able	to	return	to	work.

           Years	later	I	was	invited	to	be	a	volunteer	for	the	breast	
           cancer	services	and	after	training	with	the	regular	
           volunteers,	I	began	to	visit	patients	on	the	wards	with	
           the	aim	of	passing	on	the	benefit	of	my	experience	and	
           hopefully	providing	the	same	sort	of	encouragement	that	
           had	been	shown	to	me.		From	the	feedback	I	got	from	the	
           patients,	it	was	clear	that	there	was	a	need	for	continuing	
           support,	even	after	patients	had	been	discharged	from	
           hospital.		In	early	2007,	Josie	Foster,	then	matron	for	
           women’s	services	became	a	most	wonderful	ally	and	she	
           found	a	room	where	we	could	hold	our	meetings	and	the	
           Breast	Cancer	Support	Group	was	formed.

           The	aim	of	our	group	is	to	provide	an	informal,	relaxed	
           atmosphere	where	once	a	month,	ladies	are	invited	to	get	
           together	to	share	their	experiences	and	help	each	other	
           through	an	emotional	phase	in	their	lives.		Various	guest	
           speakers	are	invited	along	to	speak	on	specialist	topics	
           such	as	lingerie,	make	up	and	wigs	and	refreshments	
           are	provided	free	of	charge.		The	group	also	benefits	
           greatly	from	the	services	of	my	friend	Cheryl,	a	qualified	
           aromatherapist,	who	provides	her	time	and	skills	freely.

           Whilst	our	group	is	not	a	charity,	we	always	do	a	bit	of	
           fundraising	around	Breast	Cancer	Awareness	Month	for	
           Breast	Cancer	Care	and	the	group	financially	survives	
           through	the	enormous	generosity	of	individuals	and	
           staff,	particularly	those	on	Ward	14,	making	donations.		
           Everything	at	our	meetings	is	provided	free	of	charge	
           and	we	have	all	personally	contributed	towards	a	day	
           out	to	York,	a	lingerie	evening	at	Marks	and	Spencer	and	
           a	Christmas	dinner	at	Burntwood.	In	2008,	we	enjoyed	
           a	special	pampering	night	and	buffet	at	John	Lewis	in	
           Sheffield,	a	strawberry	tea	and	best	of	all,	a	Summer	Ball	
           at	Brooklands	Hotel.

           Having	fun	and	spending	time	together	with	people	in	the	
           same	situation,	at	what	can	be	a	hugely	distressing	time,	
           has	helped	many	of	our	ladies	in	ways	you	cannot	imagine.	

           Through	my	journey	with	breast	cancer,	I	felt	the	urge	to	
           take	up	further	education	and	my	experience	led	me	to	take	
           up	a	three-year	level	4	diploma	in	counselling	
           in	2004	which	I	have	now	nearly	finished.		
                        4
I	hope	that	my	personal	experience,	
alongside	the	theory,	will	enable	me	to	help	others,	make	a	        ‘The Bosom
real	difference	and	give	something	back.	                           Buddies’
I	hope	this	booklet,	which	contains	the	brief	accounts	of	
just	some	of	our	members	and	how	they	have	coped	with	              Welcome	to	the	Barnsley	
their	illness,	is	an	inspiration	to	you	and	that	it	helps	you	on	   Breast	Cancer	Support	
your	road	to	recovery.		We	look	forward	to	seeing	you	at	our	       Group’s	booklet	for	
meetings	in	the	near	future.                                        breast	cancer	patients	in	
                                                                    Barnsley.		

                                                                    This	booklet	was	
Lynette Myatt                                                       designed	by	our	group	to	
Barnsley Breast Cancer Support Group                                offer	some	much	needed	
                                                                    support	to	yourself,	or	
                                                                    someone	close,	who	may	
                                                                    be	affected	by	breast	
                                                                    cancer.		

                                                                    Rather	than	concentrate	
                                                                    on	the	medical	
                                                                    procedures	and	
                                                                    treatments	you	might	
                                                                    receive,	this	booklet	
                                                                    aims	to	cover	some	of	
                                                                    the	emotional	issues	you	
                                                                    might	be	feeling	right	
                                                                    now	with	real-life	stories	
                                                                    and	experiences	from	our	
                                                                    group	members.		




                                                5
Barnsley Breast Cancer
Support Group
Barnsley	Breast	Cancer	Support	Group	(BBCSP)	was	
founded	by	Lynette	Myatt	in	2007	after	her	own	personal	
battle	with	breast	cancer.	

The	group	meets	one	evening	per	month	as	well	as	
holding	additional	fundraising	events	for	Breast	Cancer	
Care	and	Breast	Care	services	in	Sheffield	during	Breast	
Cancer	Awareness	Month.		We	also	plan	fun	days	out	
which	can	be	anything	from	a	day	out	to	York	to	going	
for	tea	at	Toby	Carvery.		Regular	professional	guest	
speakers	who	give	up	their	time	freely	and	alternative	
therapists	are	also	invited	to	the	monthly	sessions	
which	always	goes	down	well	with	the	group	when	free	
massages	are	on	the	go!

The	purpose	of	the	sessions	is	to	enable	breast	cancer	
patients	to	come	together	in	a	relaxing	environment	
to	gain	support,	share	experiences	and	ask	questions	
with	other	breast	cancer	patients.			Attendance	is	free	
(along	with	the	tea,	coffee	and	biscuits!)	and	everyone	
is	made	to	feel	supported	and	welcome	by	our	friendly	
bunch!		We	also	run	a	free	raffle	on	these	evenings	
with	plenty	of	goodies	to	be	won	and	we	enjoy	putting	
special	buffets	on	throughout	the	year	so	there’s	always	
something	going	on	for	each	session.




   Enclosed	is	a	copy	of	forthcoming	dates	for	our	meetings.		These	are	
   correct	at	the	time	of	going	to	print	but	please	call	ward	14,	details	are	on	
   the	back	page	to	check	beforehand.		Alternatively,	visit	the	Breast	Services	
   section	on	the	Barnsley	Hospital	website	www.barnsleyhospital.nhs.uk.		

   Meetings	are	held	in	the	Day	Surgery	and	Endoscopy	sitting	room	at	
   Barnsley	Hospital.		To	find	us,	head	for	the	main	hospital	entrance,	turn	
   right	heading	towards	the	lifts	and	take	the	lift	to	the	second	floor.		
   Turn	right	out	of	the	lift	and	the	sitting	room	is	straight	in	front	of	you.



   ‘ The breast cancer support group has been of great benefit to me as a
   health professional as it has enabled me to promote educatation and
   exercise to patients in a relaxed and informal setting. It has also been
   somewhere patients have felt comfortable enough to ask questions
   about their long-term rehabilitation.’ Sarah Townend, Senior I Physio.

                                               6
    “I don’t feel bad about the cancer, I believe
    it is a very selfless disease. It doesn’t care
    what gender, age, colour or status you are
    and knowing this somehow helps”
Hello,	I’m	Wendy,	a	37	year	old,	married	to	Lee	and	a	mum	to	5	year	old	Robyn.		I	have	been	
in	remission	from	breast	cancer	for	four	years.

I	was	diagnosed	at	34	after	finding	a	lump	in	my	left	breast.		A	few	weeks	later,	I	had	a	
radical	mastectomy	removing	my	lymph	nodes	too,	followed	by	6	months	of	chemotherapy	
to	which	I	lost	my	hair	and	1	month	of	radiotherapy.		At	this	point,	I	chose	to	have	my	right	
breast	removed	and	thankfully	this	was	clear.		

I	was	then	put	on	a	5	year	course	of	tamoxifen,	which	changed	to	armidex	after	3	years	due	
to	having	my	ovaries	removed	because	my	cancer	was	oestrogen	receptive.		Did	I	mention	
this	put	me	into	an	early	menopause	which	brings	a	whole	new	list	of	things	–	moodswings,	
hot	flushes,	eggs,	milk,	bread…sorry,	wrong	list!

I	now	have	lymphoedema	and	have	to	wear	a	lovely	support	sleeve	and	this	brings	another	
appointment	every	six	months.

As	you	may	gather,	humour	has	got	me	through	some	rough	times	and	great	support	
from	family,	friends,	nurses	and	our	local	support	group	have	made	this	journey	a	little	
smoother.		What	I	have	been	through	has	been	like	climbing	a	very	long	ladder	and	now	and	
again,	I	have	had	to	take	a	few	steps	down,	BUT	I	will	keep	going	up	that	imaginary	ladder	
until	I	reach	the	top!

I	don’t	feel	bad	about	the	cancer;	I	believe	it	is	a	selfless	disease.		It	doesn’t	care	what	
gender,	age,	colour	or	status	you	are	and	knowing	this	somehow	helps.

	                                                               I	have	recently	undergone	a
	                                                               breast	reconstruction	using	the
	                                                               muscle	from	my	back.		I	now
	                                                               have	a	fabulous	pair	of	boobs
	                                                               that	hopefully	will	be	with	me
	                                                               until	I	am	old	and	grey	–	I	am
	                                                               the	envy	of	ALL	my	friends!

	                                                               It	seems	the	top	of	my	ladder	is
	                                                               getting	closer	all	the	time!

	                                                               Best	wishes	and	good	luck	to
	                                                               all	–	Wendy	x	
	




                                                7
  “I felt shocked, very upset,
  frightened…and very scared
  that I was going to die”
I	found	my	lump	on	a	Monday	in	November	2006.		
My	thoughts	were	“I’m	imagining	it”.

The	doctor	told	me	“there	is	something	there;	probably	just	
a	cyst	but	you	have	a	lumpy	breast”.

On	21st	November,	I	went	to	the	Breast	Services	unit	for	a	
mammogram.		I	was	there	four	hours	and	had	to	wait	nine	
agonising	days	until	I	received	my	results.		After	my	core	
biopsy	and	ultrasound,	I	was	told	I	had	a	grade	3	invasive	
cancer	in	my	breast.

On	6th	December,	I	underwent	a	left	mastectomy.		I	felt	
shocked,	very	upset,	frightened	and	scared	that	I	was	going	
to	die.

In	January	2007,	I	started	chemotherapy	and	was	very	ill,	
and	since	then	I	have	undergone	a	further	mastectomy	and	
a	double	reconstruction.		I	believe	that	the	support	from	
my	husband,	family	and	very	good	friends	have	helped	me	
through	this	difficult	time.		I	also	joined	the	Breast	Cancer	
Support	Group	which	has	helped	me	a	hell	of	a	lot	and	
I	have	made	new	friendships	that	I	value	so	much.		
This	is	my	journey.	



aged 36.




              8
  “I knew that I had to get on
  with it, not just for my own
  sake, but for my family’s too”
My	name	is	Tracey	and	I	was	diagnosed	with	grade	3	invasive	
breast	cancer	in	January	2007.		Being	told	was	such	a	shock,	
but	I	knew	that	I	had	to	get	on	with	it,	not	just	for	my	own	sake,	
but	for	my	family’s	too.
I	had	a	lumpectomy	at	Barnsley	Hospital	in	March	and	12	lymph	
nodes	removed	then	had	to	wait	two	long	weeks	to	be	told	that	
the	cancer	had	gone	into	8	further	lymph	nodes.		So	my	path	
was	chemotherapy,	radiotherapy	and	herceptin	for	one	year.
My	journey	started	in	April	at	my	first	chemo	session	at	Weston	
Park	Hospital	in	Sheffield.		I	had	six	cycles	of	chemotherapy,	
one	every	four	weeks,	but	my	experience	was	not	a	good	one.		
I	now	say,	“I	did	not	like	the	chemo	and	it	did	not	like	me”.		
So	there	I	was,	going	through	all	this	lot,	so	ill,	and	every	
side-effect	going	got	hold	of	me.
The	chemo	affected	me	quite	a	lot;	I	lost	my	hair	and	my	
toenails	but	I	had	survived	it	and	now	was	the	radiotherapy	
for	six	long	weeks.
I	stayed	in	Weston	Park,	Monday	to	Friday	and	home	again	on	
a	weekend.		This	was	due	to	me	not	driving	and	the	possible	
side	effects	which	I	was	told	I	may	suffer	(I	was	getting	used	
to	side	effects!)
My	stay	on	Ward	1	at	Weston	Park	Hospital	was	
absolutely	amazing;	I	met	some	fantastic	people	both	
patients	and	staff	and	I	was	looked	after	so	well.	
The	radiotherapy	was	like	a	‘walk	in	the	park’	compared	to	
chemo	and	after	six	weeks,	every	day,	I	had	achieved	another	
hurdle	in	my	journey.
So	now	this	is	me;	I	finished	having	the	‘wonder	drug’	
herceptin	every	three	weeks	in	last	October.
I	am	a	stronger	person	now	and	I	am	so	grateful	to	
everybody	that	has	helped	me	through	this,	especially	
the	Breast	Cancer	Support	Group.		I	would	also	praise	
the	medical	team	and	Mr	Al	Zyat	at	Barnsley	Hospital.
This	is	my	story.		You	too,	will	get	through	this	journey	and	
look	back	on	this	experience	as	just	a	test	to	see	how	strong	
we	ladies	are	(we	don’t	need	telling,	we	already	know).	




                                                9
  “My first thought was
  ‘am I going to have to leave
  my family?’ After all my
  husband can’t cook!”
I	was	diagnosed	with	breast	cancer	in	September	1996	a	
week	after	celebrating	my	38th	birthday.		My	first	thought	
after	being	told	I	had	breast	cancer	was	‘am	I	going	to	
leave	my	family?’;	my	husband	Michael	and	my	two	young	
daughters	Stephanie	and	Stacey	–	after	all	my	husband	
can’t	cook!

I	had	to	have	a	full	mastectomy	to	my	left	breast	in	
November	and	was	told	that	chemotherapy	treatment	
would	start	in	January	1997.		The	thought	of	losing	my	hair	
through	the	treatment	scared	me	more	than	the	treatment	
itself,	but	after	months	of	treatment,	I	was	one	of	the	
fortunate	ones	and	I	didn’t	lose	any	of	my	hair.

12	months	after	my	operation,	I	had	reconstruction	surgery	
which	is	great	and	has	given	me	some	of	my	confidence	
back	–	that	and	the	support	of	attending	a	breast	cancer	
support	group	run	by	Lynette.		It	has	helped	me	immensely	
in	dealing	with	cancer.

And	now	guess	what	–	I	am	still	here	in	2009	and	celebrated	
my	50th	birthday	last	year	with	a	hot	air	balloon	ride!	



            10
  “It does give you the opportunity to sift
  things out in your life and give value to all
  the things that are important”
Where	to	begin,	right	now	you	are	probably	reading	this	booklet	because	you	
or	someone	close	to	you	has	been	diagnosed	with	breast	cancer.

If	it’s	you	personally,	you	will	have	allsorts	of	emotions	going	on	in	your	head,	
from	the	thought	of	“I	don’t	believe	this	is	happening	to	me”,	to	“I	don’t	want	to	leave	this	
world	right	now,”	to	then	swing	into	a	positive	mode	of	“I	can	do	this,	it	won’t	beat	me”.		
It	is	still	one	hell	of	a	journey	we	have	to	undertake	but	the	purpose	of	this	booklet	will	help	
to	show	you	the	experiences	from	real	people	who	are	just	a	little	further	along	the	road	
with	their	experiences.

I’m	Tracey	married	with	one	daughter.		I	was	diagnosed	on	21	December	2006	with	DCIS	
of	all	three	grades	in	my	right	breast.		It	was	recommended	that	I	have	a	mastectomy	and	
reconstruction	done	at	the	same	time.		I	was	41.
In	January,	I	met	my	plastic	surgeon	who	was	going	to	perform	my	operation	and	was	told	
that	the	area	of	high	grade	DCIS	was	cause	for	concern	and	may	mean	the	reconstruction	
may	be	better	performed	at	a	later	date.		The	decision	was	to	do	a	sample	of	the	section	
whilst	I	was	in	theatre	and	based	on	what	came	back	from	pathology,	he	would	close	up	or	
continue.

I	had	my	surgery	done	on	30	January	2007.		To	my	delight,	I	woke	up	with	the	reconstruction	
in	place.		I	had	opted	for	the	LD	reconstruction	and	was	delighted	with	the	result.

Unfortunately,	when	the	rest	of	the	breast	tissue	went	away	to	pathology,	it	turned	out	to	be	
an	aggressive	form	of	cancer	grade	3	Er	positive	but	also	HER2	positive.		I	went	to	this	
particular	hospital	appointment	totally	believing	that	getting	the	pathology	report	was	merely	
a	formality	and	it	was	just	time	to	recover	from	my	operation	and	I	would	be	on	my	way	again	
to	my	normal	happy	life.		NOT	THE	CASE.		I	was	informed	of	the	need	to	now	go	through	
chemotherapy.		Six	cycles	of	FEC	followed	then	by	a	year	of	herceptin	once	every	three	weeks	
via	a	drip	plus	five	years	of	tamoxifen.		WOW	that	day	was	the	worst	day	of	my	life!		I	have	
never	felt	as	much	out	of	control,	I	was	in	pieces.		This	wasn’t	what	it	was	supposed	to	be	like.

I’m	pleased	to	say	I	did	the	chemo.		YUK!		I	was	sick	from	the	very	start	of	it	
(not	everybody	is	I	might	add)	and	found	it	very	gruelling.		BUT	I	DID	IT.

I	have	never	found	losing	my	hair	an	issue	although	for	many	this	is	a	real	concern.		
I	found	myself	some	beautiful	wigs	and	always	felt	good	in	them.		I	have	finished	
my	chemo	and	herceptin	treatments.		It’s	not	easy	but	it	is	do-able.

I	am	two	years	on	since	my	diagnosis	and	received	treatment	until	August	2008	followed	now	
by	a	further	4	years	on	tamoxifen.		But	I’m	still	here,	and	most	days	can	manage	to	smile	
about	life	and	see	things	in	a	very	positive	manner.		It	does	give	you	the	opportunity	to	sift	
things	out	in	your	life	and	give	value	to	all	things	that	are	important.	




                                              11
“If it happens to you, remember
 to think positive, life after
 breast cancer is great”
 In	January	2007,	I	was	diagnosed	with	breast	cancer.		I	was	
 sure	the	lump	was	nothing	and	was	shocked	when	my	
 surgeon	told	me	it	was	cancer.

 I	had	my	husband	and	sisters	with	me	at	the	time	and	their	
 support	was	fantastic.

 I	told	just	a	few	people	at	first	but	as	I	got	used	to	having	
 breast	cancer,	I	was	comfortable	with	people	knowing.

 My	treatment	started	soon	after	the	removal	of	a	tumour	and	
 6	glands	followed	by	6	weeks	of	radiotherapy.		The	treatment	
 and	care	I	received	at	Barnsley	Hospital	and	Weston	Park	was	
 second-to-none	and	the	Breast	Cancer	Support	Group	is	still	a	
 great	help	to	myself	and	others.

 So	if	it	happens	to	you,	remember	to	think	positive.		
 Life	after	breast	cancer	is	great.	



 aged 59.




   “I was determined to win the fight”
 In	2005,	I	had	found	a	lump	but	I	just	ignored	it.		In	2006,	my	world	fell	apart	when	I	was	
 diagnosed	with	breast	cancer.		I	went	through	a	mastectomy	and	two	months	later,	I	started	
 six	months	of	chemo.		

 My	journey	whilst	I	was	having	the	treatment	made	me	realise	how	strong	I	am.		I	was	
 determined	to	win	the	fight.		I	have	had	to	be	a	strong	person	for	myself	and	my	family.

 I	must	say	that	through	my	illness,	I	have	met	so	many	lovely	and	wonderful	people,	who	
 have	become	my	friends.

 I	found	it	a	great	comfort	for	me	to	visit	the	drop-in	centre	called	‘The	Limes’	at	Barnsley	
 Hospice	and	also	by	attending	the	Breast	Cancer	Support	Group.		I	found	it	comforting	to	
 share	my	experience	with	others	at	the	group.	




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                                  “These meetings have gave
                                  me a different look at life”
                                I	had	a	mastectomy	six	years	ago	at	the	age	of	78.		I	joined	
                                the	support	group	and	the	encouragement,	friendship	and	
                                help	given	at	these	meetings	gave	me	a	different	look	at	
                                life	and	also	the	help	to	get	back	to	a	normal	and	family	life	
                                which	was	much	appreciated.	




“I have every reason to remain
 positive about my future”
                                                                	
I	had	a	mastectomy	of	the	right	breast	in	2003	at	the	age	of	52.	
Six	months	of	chemotherapy	followed	which	went	well.		I	was	
then	prescribed	Tamoxifen	and	later	changed	over	to	Armidex	
which	suits	me	better.		

My	health	remains	good	thanks	to	the	dedication	and	skills	of	
the	surgeons	and	staff	at	Barnsley	Hospital	and	I	have	every	
reason	to	remain	positive	about	my	future.	




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  “I have check ups every
  12 months and feel very well”
I	was	diagnosed	with	breast	cancer	in	March	2006.		
I	first	found	a	lump	in	my	right	breast	whilst	on	holiday	
in	Benidorm.		On	returning	home	I	went	to	see	my	doctor	
who	sent	me	for	tests,	which	came	back	positive	that	I	had	
breast	cancer.

On	29th	March	2006	I	was	admitted	to	Barnsley	Hospital	
where	I	had	a	mastectomy	to	my	right	breast.		I	was	in	
hospital	for	two	weeks.

After	being	discharged	from	hospital,	I	was	told	I	would	
need	chemotherapy	at	Barnsley	followed	by	radiotherapy	
at	Weston	Park.		In	addition	I	would	need	12	months	of	the	
treatment	drug	Herceptin.		Through	the	treatments,	I	lost	
my	hair.

I	have	check	ups	every	12	months	and	feel	very	well	but	still	
have	some	off	days.		I	look	forward	to	coming	to	the	breast	
cancer	support	group	though	and	it’s	a	great	help	to	me.	




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                                Our bosom buddies
                            Below	are	just	some	of	Barnsley	Breast	Support	Group’s	
                            ‘best	bosom	buddies’;	a	collection	of	links	and	other	
                            support	available,	both	locally	and	nationally,	which	we	can	
                            recommend:

                            Breast	Cancer	Care	-	
                            General	information	about	breast	cancer
                            www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call 0808 800 6000

                            Cancer	Research	UK	–	
                            General	information	about	breast	cancer
                            www.cancerresearchuk.org	

                            M	Holistic	Therapies	–	Reflexology
                            www.mholistictherapies.com or call 07791 179641

                            A	Gentle	Touch	–	Reiki	and	Massage	Therapy
                            www.a-gentle-touch.co.uk or call 01226 710998

                            Cheryl	Roberts	–	Aromatherapy
                            Call 07780 123456

                            Wigs	and	Pieces	–	Wigs	
                            www.wigsandpieces.com or call 01964 615577

                            Wig	Bank	–	Reconditioned	wigs	for	sale	and	hire
                            www.wigbank.com

                            Sally’s	Hot	Locks	-	Wigs	and	Hairpieces
                            First Floor - Barnsley Indoor Market

                            HeadStrong	–	Hair	loss	consultancy	service
                            Based	at	the	Aurora	Centre,	Doncaster	Royal	Infirmary
                            Call 01302 553198 for more details.

                            Ju-Nique	Specialist	Lingerie	–	
                            Discrete	Personal	Fitting	Service
                            www.ju-nique.me.uk or call 01246 231784

                            Body	Shop
                            www.bodyshop.co.uk
                            or call the Barnsley store on 01226 287606


“I was asked by Lynette if I would become involved with the support group
to do hand massages on the first ever session. More than 12 months
on, I am still delighted to be involved in such a positive, empowering,
knowledgeable, and happy group. It has a wonderful feel as soon as you
enter the room and there is so much energy, fun and laughter.”
Cheryl Roberts – Aromatherapy

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The Thank You Tree
From everyone at
Barnsley Breast Cancer Support Group
‘Bosom Buddies’

                                                                                 All the
                                                                               breast unit
                                                 All the
                                                                               office staff
                                                fantastic
                                                                              on Ward 14,
                                               ladies who
                                                                                Barnsley
                                             contributed to
                                                                                Hospital
                                              this booklet
                     Mr Al Zyat -
                     Consultant
                        Breast
                      Surgeon,
                      Barnsley
                       Hospital
                                                                     Breast Cancer
                                                                         Care
 Mr Ghosh -                                     All the                Services,
 Consultant                                    team on                 Sheffield
   Breast                                   the Day Care
  Surgeon,                                 and Endoscopy
  Barnsley                                 Unit for letting
  Hospital                                   us use the
                                            sitting room

              Robert Myatt                                                     All the staff
                - Lynette’s                                                         at
               husband for                                                      The Body
              helping at the                                                       Shop
                 meetings                                                      in Barnsley



                                                              Jane Kay -
                                                                Sister,
                                   Lisa                        Ward 14
                               at Virgin Vie
                                Cosmetics

                                                                                 Sisters
                                                                                and staff
                                                                               on Ward 13



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              All the
          radiographers
           on the breast
               unit,
            Barnsley
             Hospital                           Josie Foster -
                                                Asst. Director
                                                of Nursing,
                                                  Barnsley
                                                  Hospital


                           Julia McCann
   Cheryl                    - Lingerie                               Sarah
   Roberts                 Extraordinaire                           Townend -
Aromatherapist                                                    Physiotherapist,
                                                                     Ward 14,
                                                                     Barnsley
                                                                     Hospital
                                                  All the
                                                concessions
                     Barbara                       staff
                     Possion                    at Boots in
                  ‘The Lavendar                  Barnsley
                 Lady’ at Pennine                                               All the
                    Lavendar,                                                  nurses on
                    Penistone                                                  Ward 14,
                                                                               Barnsley
                                     Dr Andrew                                  Hospital
                                     Thompson –               Catering
      Shirley                          Clinical                staff
      Gibson                        Psychologist,          from Becketts
    - Lynette’s                       Sheffield             Restaurant,
     sister for                       Care Trust             Barnsley
    helping at                                                Hospital
   the meetings
Get in touch For	all	enquiries	relating	to	Barnsley	
Breast	Cancer	Support	Group	or	to	contribute	
a	story	about	your	experience	of	breast	cancer,	
please	contact	Lynette	Myatt	through	the	staff	on	
Ward	14.	Telephone:	01226	432261.




   HOPE
   If at any time I begin to lose hope in myself,
   let me simply look inside my heart and
   see all the good actions I have ever performed,
   from the smallest to the grandest.

   When I see how much happiness I have given,
   I easily remember the purpose of my life.

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