Ask Kim what she wants more than anything in the world right now and she'll tell you it's to be back in her police uniform fit and well by the end of the year.

Speaking to her, it's not hard to hear Kim's determination. But, when you also hear about the breast cancer surgery and chemo (that led to hospitalisation, sepsis and C Diff) you also begin to realise just how far she's had to come.

Treatment was hard for Kim - and not just because of the huge number of side effects it caused: 'when you're 49, but you are fitter than most people in their 20s, you still get put in the older bracket,' says Kim. 'That's why I love Breast Cancer Haven. It doesn't judge.'

For someone who is always on the look out for ways to feel better (she took a trip to Thailand to put weight on, rest and sleep before treatment and has recently enjoyed a few weeks in a convalescence home to build her strength back up), it is not surprising Kim found her way to Breast Cancer Haven.

Having walked 5-6 miles a day throughout treatment and 12 miles for charity just before her last chemo, Kim knew that exercise would always play a huge part in her recovery. But, it was Breast Cancer Haven that helped her feel less like a 'cancer victim' and more like a friend: 'when you walk through those doors you can shut yourself away from the outdoor world,' says Kim.

Having counselling, reflexology and massage really helped Kim face the challenges of treatment and the emotions surrounding her altered body image. While she enjoyed experimenting with wigs (and had lots of funky ones), she found it hugely comforting to find somewhere where she could just be herself. 'It was great to be able to just take off my wig as if I were kicking off my shoes and have no one bat an eyelid,' adds Kim. And, when she needed it, Breast Cancer Haven was there (with its Look Good Feel Better make up masterclass) to help her look and feel a little less ill.

With more surgery in the diary, Kim is as focused as ever on keeping well and looking after herself – so that she can continue to be there for her mum and son. And, she hopes that by changing her Will to include Breast Cancer Haven she will in the future: 'help more people, like me feel less alone'.


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