I’ll never forget the evening one of my best friends, Rachel Brown gave me the terrible news that she had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, I was simply heartbroken and all I kept thinking was, ‘Why Rachel?’ Just a month later, she had her full breast removed and started months of gruelling chemotherapy. I watched Rachel as she slowly became frail and weak, but never once did she ever complain about her illness, instead became such an inspiration to not only myself, but to other women going through such a traumatic time. She lost all her hair, eyebrows and even eyelashes, but she was always so positive about life and that I will always admire.

We did the Race For Life together back in July 2015, Rachel was so determined to cross that finish line, whilst still in her final weeks of treatment, even the nurses had advised her NOT to take part, but again that just goes to show Rachel’s STRENGTH, BRAVERY, COURAGE and DETERMINATION.

What she did next was such a thoughtful gesture and a wonderful idea! Rachel had her last gruelling treatment of Chemotherapy and wanted to give something back in return for all the help and care she had received from the wonderful Nursing Staff at Pontefract General Infirmary over the previous 12 months. She purchased and had engraved a ‘Last Chemo’ bell for all patients to ring as they left the dept following their last treatment of Chemotherapy. That wonderful bell now takes pride of place in the treatment room and has made a huge impact with all the patients and nursing staff. What a feeling it must be to RING THAT BELL!!!!

Rachel started ‘The Pontefract Breast Cancer Support Group’ in January of this year, which has gone from strength to strength and which has brought patients who have all experienced the same treatment together.

Finally, I just want to say how proud, honored and extremely grateful I am to have a friend like Rachel. She is a one in a million friend to me and I will treasure our friendship forever. She has an amazing family around her and a doting husband and two sons. Thank you Rachel for everything you do…not only for me, but for everyone around you. I am truly blessed and honoured to call you my friend.

Sadly, you or someone you know may be in need of such support and may like to become involved with this lovely caring group, so please feel free to click the link on the right and share with all your friends and family.


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