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Thank you for visiting my fundraising page.

Thank you everyone for your donations so far

I am Dawn Macphail, 45 years of age from Kilgetty in Pembrokeshire Wales.  I teach IT to Adults for Learning Pembrokeshire.

I have myself been diagnosed with Breast Cancer and would like to raise the awareness of Breast Cancer and help raise money for its Research to help others that may also become affected by it so please dig deep and sponsor me online.

September 07

No obvious signs or usual symptoms of Breast Cancer

I contacted my doctor over Internal heat in the Breast that caused me to feel very hot and itchy over a period of a year before they took notice of me, and they decided to send me for a general Mammogram, just to check as a precaution because I had no skin irritation or rash and they did not know what was causing it, and as I had a benign lump removed 25 years ago. 

So please be very aware of your own body and never be afraid to speak up and ask questions, don’t leave it too late. You’re the only one that knows your own body.

A week before my Mammogram I had a lump come up under my right armpit and my arm and shoulder became very painful to raise up or lift anything with, at first I didn’t relate it to anything to do with my breast as we had been travelling on holiday for a month and I walked my two dogs a lot and thought maybe I had pulled my arm, also the dogs had picked up ticks from sand dunes and when I read that you can pick up an infection from ticks and your glands can swell I thought it might have been that so had a check at the doctors.  The doctor said it was not related to ticks and would like me to get checked with a mammogram.  I explained I had an appointment for one in the coming week related to other symptoms they wanted to check out.  It now started to become very worrying.

Mammogram

On the day of my Mammogram, I asked would I be getting an ultra scan and was told no it was not policy to automatically give you an ultra scan and I would not be having one.  So I explained about the lump that had come up under my arm since and asked would the mammogram pick it up.  The mammographer said no it would not.  So she decided to speak to a doctor and managed to get an Ultra scan done straight away for me.

More Ultra scans, Biopsies in the Breast, and Underarm to check for cancer cells.

The bad news: I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer Grade 3 Hormone Positive and it was thought there may be two lumps in the breast.  Cancer cells were found in the breast and Lymph nodes under the arm.  So this meant the cancer had started to move from the breast and could move further.

My specialist has not come across my symptoms before so it may not be related, but it helped to get me checked out and lead to my diagnosis which could have been very different if it had been left any longer especially as I have a fast growing cancer and it is Hormone Positive which means the cancer feeds on the hormones.  But every cancer patient is different so it cannot be ruled out.

October 07

More Tests, Ultra scans

CT Scans

Nuclear Scan (Bone Scan)

The Scans are to check if the cancer has spread any further in the body.

Test results: it is thought that there is now only one lump to be removed and so I will have a Lumpectomy to remove the cancer cells and any surrounding tissue.

Because of the Cancer cells in the Lymph nodes I will have Lymph Node clearance removing all Lymph nodes from under the arm.

Good news: Bone Scan come back clear, C.T Scan clear apart from one tiny area on the liver that is not thought to be cancer at this stage but needs to be looked at again at a later date.

Flu Jab: get this out of the way before my operation to keep me free of the flu.

Operation is set for Tuesday October 30th Half Term.  I’m having an Operation chat with the Breast Care Nurse.  There is so much information to read and understand.  Will need to take it a step at a time I think.

Friday 26

Raising money for

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We are fighting cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives. We are entirely funded by the public. With your help, we can ensure more people beat cancer.

Donations 74

Blodwen, friends like you come along once in a life time, I'll miss you hon. XX

Donation by Dimples on 17/05/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Your courage during your illness is an inspiration to us all, we will miss your bubbly personality and friendship. God bless x x

Donation by Susan Richards & family on 07/05/08

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Very shocked & saddened to hear the news. My thoughts are with Daniel & Nathan & the rest of the family. I am the boys cousin lisacoy84@hotmail.com

Donation by Lisa Coy on 07/05/08

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

With Deepest sympathy to you all. Love to Daniel & Nathan at this Sad time

Donation by Enid & John Farmiloe on 06/05/08

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

We are all deeply saddened to hear the news. Our thoughts are with both Daniel and Nathan, as well as your family. God bless x

Donation by The Luff Family on 05/05/08

£35.00

+ £9.87 Gift Aid

Very Sad news thinking of you all

Donation by Jenny & James Collier on 05/05/08

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Very saddened by the shocking news. My thoughts are with my cousins and their family.

Donation by Joanne Collier on 04/05/08

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Very shocked and saddened to learn of the news. Would appreciate hearing how the boys are. e-mail dbdl23043@blueyonder.co.uk. Daniel & Nathans aunt

Donation by Linda and David Butson on 03/05/08

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Julie Watkins' Monkton Students

Donation by Nanette Edwards + Brenda Johnson on 01/05/08

£10.00

In my thoughts Dawn, God bless.

Donation by Sylvana on 30/04/08

£15.00

+ £4.23 Gift Aid

You will be sorely missed Dawn. My thoughts are often with you and your family xxx

Donation by Carol Shelton on 29/04/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Money received for a talk at Keeston Chapel

Donation by Jenny on 28/04/08

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

You can be very proud of your two brave boys Dawn, they have their Mum's courage.

Donation by Julie Watkins on 28/04/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

In lieu of flowers

Donation by Dorian on 27/04/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

In lieu of flowers. Remembered with affection.

Donation by Ann on 25/04/08

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

In Lieu of flowers for the bubbliest person I have ever met. God bless.

Donation by Jenny and Mat on 25/04/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

In lieu of flowers. We have been trying to write a messege to say how we both feel. But find that no words can be found.. Goodnight and God bless xxx

Donation by Angela and Gareth on 25/04/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

In lieu of flowers and to make sure that you reach your target. Your courage and cheerfulness are an example to us all. Missing you, God bless.

Donation by Kathie on 24/04/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

In lieu of flowers. Your courage is a legacy to us all. With fond memories xx

Donation by Tina on 21/04/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

God bless you Dawn, keep smiling just as I do when I think of you. xxx

Donation by Carole Langston on 21/04/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

In lieu of flowers and to mark your courage and determination to support others.

Donation by Anne Wakefield on 21/04/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

In lieu of flowers, we will reach your target.

Donation by Chris on 21/04/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

In lieu of flowers. Even though you are no longer with us, I hope that we can reach your target. Memories of your courage and laughter remain.

Donation by Lynne on 21/04/08

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Something to add to your appeal. Love and best wishes. Keep smiling. Lyn and I are still keeping the Family History going. XX

Donation by Ann Newman on 01/04/08

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

My prays are with you Dawn

Donation by Audrey on 25/03/08

£5.00

Donation summary

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  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,159.35
  • Gift Aid£251.87

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