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BigJen is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, Multiple Sclerosis Society - Isle of Wight and Friends Of St Mary's Hospital

Jennie's post Chemo Head-shave

Total raised so far

£265 by 16 supporters

+£36.25 Gift Aid

+£0 Offline donations

My story

Jennie's post Chemo Head Shave took place on 14th December but you can still donate for another few weeks or at the MS Shop in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight if you live here..

Since June I have been receiving Chemotherapy for an inoperable liver tumour which came out of the blue, being picked up initially by some abnormal MS drug blood monitoring results..

The treatments have been pretty gruelling and involve me having 3 litres of intravenous fluids pumped in over a period of six hours one day a week for two weeks out of three. I already had Multiple Sclerosis and have been a Volunteer for the Isle of Wight MS Society Group for ten years, with my colleagues being amazingly supportive since my cancer diagnosis. Sadly, as the Communications Volunteer, I am currently limited to managing our social media accounts, and sending out a monthly e-newsletter, but, (although most of our Volunteers staff our Shanklin Charity Shop and Café), you would be surprised how much also goes on behind the scenes, I know my contributions are just as valuable as the wonderful Ladies and Gents on the shop floor.

The Chemotherapy has had an impact on my MS Symptoms and made my hair very thin, and, although the drugs will not make it all fall out, I do have areas of Alopecia which I am finding difficult to cope with.

Because of this I have decided to have my head shaved to raise some funds for 3 very important charities:

MSS IoW

All funds raised for this charity stay on the island to support people affected by the condition. We hold social events and activities and run a therapy voucher scheme which provides anyone with MS who requests them, £180 vouchers every six months so they can have ether massage, reflexology, acupuncture or 'hydroactif' therapy once a month.

Macmilllan Cancer Care

With me from the start, my specialist Nurse is there at the end of the phone or by email if I need her. Macmillan offer practical, social and financial support for anyone affected by cancer.

Friends of St Mary's Hospital (Newport, Isle of Wight)

Every hospital has their own 'Friends' group, they make the whole experience of being a patient more comfortable. The homely Chemotherapy lounge has been furnished by their donations, they run the two small hospital Shops and Cafés, and their lovely Volunteers make us Tea while we are undergoing our therapies. Sadly, one of their Cafés has now been moved to the Outpatients Department with a profiteering Costa Coffee outlet now positioned near the main hospital entrance!

I have no idea what the future holds with my tumour, but hopefully it will be in remission and I will get my life back to normal. with my MS symptoms lessening and my hair growing back stronger and thicker than before.

Thank you for your support

Jennie


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BigJen is fundraising for 3 charities

Macmillan Cancer Support

Charity number: 261017

Multiple Sclerosis Society - Isle of Wight

Friends Of St Mary's Hospital

Charity number: 252665

Recent donations

7 months ago

Richard

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

7 months ago

MARETTA HEAP

Well done Jenny!

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

7 months ago

Vickie Ledsom

Jen, you're amazing xx

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

7 months ago

Helen and Barry Cooke

What an inspiration!

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid

7 months ago

Brian (Neighbour)

£10.00

8 months ago

Anonymous

God help every one

£10.00 + £2.50 Gift Aid

8 months ago

Ron Harrod

£20.00

8 months ago

Rachel Abba

£25.00 + £6.25 Gift Aid

8 months ago

Sally (Chemo)

£5.00

8 months ago

Carolyn

£5.00 + £1.25 Gift Aid

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