I think it’s fair to say being diagnosed with breast cancer is possibly the worst - no is absolutely the worst - point in my life. Although you know of positive outcomes, you just imagine that your outcome will be the worst possible and you imagine that you will not be here within the next two years - it’s devastating.  So you feel isolated,  you feel lonely and as much as you have people around you who care about you they still feel a long way away because they are not going through it at that moment in time. So you feel like no one quite understands how desperate you feel.

As soon as you walk through the doors of The Haven you get a sense of calm as if you can off-load. You feel as though you are among kindred spirits.  It’s like an oasis. It’s a place away from the stresses of home and away from the pressure of being in a hospital or health care environment.

You meet all the people who are going through the same thing as you and there coping and feeling better about their lives. You see that there is light at the end of the tunnel that gives you the motivation and the wherewithal to get through it as best you can because you see all these other people have been there and they’ve made it through.

To give the people that are going through diagnosis and treatment the strength to get through it is probably the best investment you can make this year.