This web site or any of the
links from it are not intended as a replacement for medical care. To this end we are unable to offer any information regarding specific medical conditions/diagnosis. Every effort has been made to make
sure the info on this site is accurate CHORLEYS ANGELS can’t accept liability for any of the information supplied by the links on this site. Chorleys Angels is not a charity, neither is it able to offer
monetary assistance for visitors suffering financial hardship as a result of their diagnosis.
Why the site has been established?
During/Following my successful surgery
& treatment for Breast Cancer in 2000/01, it became apparent that the support for younger women was very limited, so I saw the opportunity to create a Web Site to pass on some of the information myself, along
with other women have picked up during our cancer journeys.
I have been working on the site and
mastering the art of using the software since January, 2001. It wasn’t until September off the same year that the site was officially launched.
With more and more people going online -
use of the internet can be a good way to keep informed when you are going through treatment, and there may be days when you don’t feel like going out or speaking to someone then E-mail can offer the opportunity for
you to keep in touch and receive vital support and friendship from other women undergoing treatment, and hope from people like myself who have completed treatment.
During September 2002 CHORLEYS ANGELS
celebrated its first “official” year in operation. As stated in last years report I have received E-mails from over 100 women, with several thousand visitor hits. Never for one minute did I think the
site would develop so quickly or how many people would contact me for information relating to Breast Cancer.
A relative in USA has kindly donated
money towards the running costs of the site this year(and in 2003). Initially I thought sponsorship may be an option to pursue but, have since decided to continue funding the site (along with my partner) for
the foreseeable future.
The PRIVATE discussion forum launched
during 2003 on MSN Hotmail was a great success. Sadly, towards the end of 2003 MSN withdrew all their discussion forum capabilities so the site no longer offers discussion in a private forum.
As a way of assisting me in the E-mail
support side of things I passed a Level II Course in Counselling Concepts which proved to be very interesting and helpful.
Initially I had thought of taking this on to the next level and then realised with a full time job and my other commitment’s I had yet again confused capability with ambition!!
Last month (June 2003) I reached my three
year milestone and I have got to say that in some respects I have found the last 6 months more difficult than the last two and a half years - confused? so am I. Suddenly, I have realised that I am not the
person I used to be and my body has to be obeyed not ignored. Its difficult coming to terms with only being able to carry out a fraction of what you used to do.
I always feel very fortunate that I was treated promptly, and have come through the diagnosis and treatment a relatively “normal” person (my friends would dispute that) but, I still have issues which I need to air/discuss and I have found out that few people want to know about them because they think I am fine and have moved on! Perhaps I have just run out of steam and have accepted that its impossible to maintain such an heightened appreciation of life 365 days a year. It takes a while for the dust to settle after a diagnosis of Cancer and life does change, thankfully I am one of the fortunate ones who has had the chance to find this out and continue to adapt to the change.
June 2004, I am fast approaching my 4
year milestone and feeling much better, I feel like finally the dust has settled and its time to move on.
I also think that I had to experience such a low period last year to enable me to do this - things have changed but, most importantly I am still ME!
As I am currently short of
volunteers for the E-mail support side of things I have decided to withdraw the facility for the time being.
June 2006 and fast approaching my 6 year
milestone the site is now and information only site, as surgery and treatments change I find it increasingly difficult to offer up to date advice as I am now only seeing the consultant on a yearly basis.
I also feel that now is a good time
for me to move on and towards the end of the year I will probably remove Chorleys Angels from the Internet.
At the moment I feel happy and well
and thankful for all the help and support I have received from my friends and family over the years and of course the all the medical staff that have helped me in my progress.
I hoped that Chorleys Angels would
give a little back and I believe it has over the years.
It in NO
way offers medical advice, or is it currently endorsed by a Local Authority - and in the main offers links to sites that may be of assistance to you during diagnosis, surgery, treatment & recovery. Breast Cancer Care and The Haven Trust both link to the CHORLEYS ANGELS site.
If you would like to see something
specific on this site or you would like to contribute to this site in some way please contact CHORLEYS ANGELSand I will endeavor to meet your requirements (within reason!).