Nicola Hodge from Greenock has experienced both sides of cancer,facing it not only a doctor but as a patient as well. In 2002, age 33, Nicola noticed she had swollen lymph nodes but despite her medical knowledge, being young and having four children to take care of, she did not want to believe that it was cancer.
After having a biopsy performed, Nicola still found it a shock to accept herdiagnosis of Large B cell, non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After finishing her treatment unfortunately all was not plain sailing as in 2007, after an abnormal mammogram, Nicola was diagnosed with early stagebreast cancer which required several surgeries and further treatment, which fortunately was successful.
In 2008, Nicola faced another battle with cancer as she was diagnosed with Follicular non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which was closely monitored and treated with stem cell transplants at the Beatson.
Although there were doubts whether she could withstand all the treatment and post- transplant effects, the support provided by her children, family and close friends combined with the excellent care she received at the Beatson, fostered her will to survive.
“Living through cancer and chemotherapy is difficult; there are times you don’t want to be with anyone and times when you need company. During all times, the staff always understood, were kind and friendly. They made me feel like one of a family and were there for me.”
With that in mind, Nicola has done a lot of fundraising for the Beatson. She said: “Research is the only way forward to understand and defeat the disease and while the clinical research undertaken at the Beatson is invaluable, maintaining funding for such programmes is imperative. The work this charity performs needs to be brought to everyone’s attention in the hope they will donate.”
If you have been touched by Nicola’s incredible story, please join her in raising money for the Beatson Cancer Charity by making a generous donation today – you can do this online at the touch of a button.
Here’s just some of the ways that your donation will make a difference:
£25 –will fund an hour of complementary therapy such as reflexology or massage to help patients manage the side effects of the treatment they are receiving
£50 – will fund new toys for our paediatric waiting area
£75 – will fund an hour of our highly experienced therapy management team to support patients with pain management, insomnia and anxiety
£150 – will fund a wheelchair for patients receiving treatment
£250 – will fund the running cost of our volunteer-led ‘meet and greet’ service for patients for one week
£500 – will fund a specialist relaxation chair for day patients receiving chemotherapy
£1500 – will fund the running costs of the Beatson Cancer Charity funded wellbeing centre for one day
£3000 – will fund one of our clinical nurse specialist posts for one month