When I was 3 I was diagnosed with Wilms, which is cancer of the kidney. I underwent chemotherapy treatment, a right nephrectomy (the removal of the kidney) and whole abdominal radiotherapy. This left me with many scars, no hair and damaged reproductive system, remaining kidney and heart.
At 21 I was diagnosed with my second cancer, Breast Cancer, a possible cause of which being the radiotherapy that saved my life 18 years earlier. I had a double mastectomy and 6 rounds of chemotherapy, leaving me with more scars, no hair and little to no chance of having children using my own eggs. I have been on tamoxifen for just under two years, meaning I now experience menapausal symptoms.
More recently, at 24, my Breast Cancer has reared its head again and also spread to my spine. This is what we know now, pending a full body MRI scan. I have had an operation to remove the new lump from my breast and am waiting for my treatment plan from my team of Doctors. This spread gives me a diagnosis of stage 4 Breast Cancer. The treatment plan will not be to cure, but contain for as long as possible.
This page is called Vick's dream because I am here to ask for your help. I am a horsey girl, but have never owned my own horse. Madness, I know. My recent diagnosis has given me the desire to buy my own, which has been a dream of mine since I was 9 years old. Being around horses has always been my therapy, and in more recent years, it is my escape from the anxiety, fear and sadness of the cancer that lives in me and how it’s going to effect my life. Any support that you can offer to help me achieve my dream will mean the world to me and more. Thank you.