Bauble Appeal 2017 resources This Christmas, you can bring hope to the thousands of local people currently living with cancer and their families. Anyone wishing to take part will receive an exclusive Wessex Cancer Trust charity bauble to personalise and hang on your own Christmas tree as a memento of your continued support. We will also use your message to create another bauble which will be proudly hung on the trees in our Centres to be enjoyed by patients, family, staff and supporters. All funds raised will go towards supporting our six cancer support centres across the Wessex region. Emilys Story Emily, 31 and married with 2 children, was diagnosed with Endometrial Carcinoma (womb cancer) in 2016. Since then she has been a client of our Cosham Cancer Support Centre, visiting most weeks. Emily and her family are also big supporters of Wessex Cancer Trust, organising their own fundraising so the charity can go on to help other families in the same position. In July 2016 I was diagnosed with womb cancer at the age of 31. I have a husband and 2 children and the diagnosis completely tore our world apart. I knew I had been having strange symptoms for months, but I never dreamed it was cancer. When I heard the words “You have cancer” my entire world changed. You hear the word ‘cancer’ and you immediately think ‘death’. I was with my husband in the Consultant room and I just cried. I wanted to scream and say “NO! I’m 31! I have kids! It’s not fair!” What would I tell the kids? What would I tell my Mum and Dad? How could this be happening? We left the hospital in shock. I had had the worst news I had ever received. I didn’t know what to do, or how to feel. How would we cope? You hear the statistics on TV adverts about how many people are affected by cancer every year, but you never imagine that it’ll be you. Inevitably, I pictured myself with no hair, being really ill. We were thrown into a whirlwind of appointments, procedures, operations, tests, and we didn’t have a clue how to cope or even where to begin understanding what was happening to us.It was an extremely difficult time and the children were told as little as we could get away with, whilst still keeping them informed enough that they weren’t too scared about was happening to their Mummy. The first Christmas after my diagnosis I was in lots of pain and emotionally quite low, but we made sure that every moment was the best it could be. Nothing was taken for granted and the family time we spent together was special. We decided we would throw a New Year’s Eve party for all our friends and family who had supported us, and it was a wonderful evening; full of love, laughter and fun. We found Wessex Cancer Trust when we were at our very lowest point, and quite simply they saved us. They gave us a safe and supportive environment in which I could vent my worries and concerns, receive counselling, make friends who understood what I was going through and receive complementary therapies that relaxed and re energised me. My husband has also received counselling and therapies there too. It’s an amazing place, and I know the people there will hold a place in my heart for a very long time and I will do everything I can to support and advocate for them for as long as possible. 15 months from the point of diagnosis, I am now in remission, and am living life completely differently because of the lessons cancer hastaught me about life. Life is short. You never know what is around the corner. So, do the things you’ve always wanted to do. Live every day to its fullest and have no regrets. I am now in a new job which I absolutely love. It’s rewarding and challenging and every day is different. I am also 12 weeks into a Master’s Degree in Psychology. I’ve made some amazing new friends who have shown me that I am a confident and fun person to be around. I have a better social life now than I have ever had. And in the spirit of changing my life for the better I have lost 25lb in the last 6 months and am feeling fabulous. Cancer is never good, but it has changed me for the better. It shook my life up, gave me a kick up the bum and showed me that life is for living. Now I am grabbing life with both hands and giving it 150%. Please donate this Christmas and allow us to help more families like Emily.