Giving back

A diagnosis of breast cancer gives you membership of the club you never want to join. I have learnt many lessons whilst in this club, not least that life goes on and I now have to live with cancer as this is my new normal, albeit I am still getting my head around the welcome pack to my new life.

There are often days when I want to crawl into a dark hole and keep myself to myself. Yet with the unconditional love of family and friends and the wonderful support I have received from Breast Cancer Haven Yorkshire, I have been able to find glimmers of light and laughter, even in the darkest of times.

Breast Cancer Haven is the charity that offers vital one-to-one emotional, physical and practical support to anyone affected by breast cancer. They offer a personalised support programme that includes one-to-one appointment time together with tips on healthy eating and exercise and they also have several support groups on hand. If a visitor is unable to get to any of their centres, then the website offers various self-help films. The charity welcomes anyone affected by breast cancer and includes people who carry genes like BRCA 1 or 2. It doesn’t matter where you live and you don’t need a referral from a doctor and if people close to you need some emotional support, they can talk to the counsellors too, free of charge. Visitors can access the charity’s services at any time which could be before, during or after their medical treatment for breast cancer. 

None of us know when our time will be up but I suggest we don’t spend the time we have, cancer ridden or not, worrying about it. Instead we should leave that to the greater forces and hold onto stories of hope, of those who defy the odds and to the special moments and people that make our lives so rich.


Gayle is proud to be able to support this charity and throughout the year will be doing various fund raising events including the Blossom Fashion Show and the Great North Run.

Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.