I am a June Jewel. I was definitly not a forum person but joining the June Jewels on Breat Cancer Care helped me enormously. Just knowing others are sharing side effects stopped me panicing many times as it takes a while to find what is normal for the cocktail you on and what should cause concern. Meeting up with other Jewels in York was such fun and meeting the ladies I have laughed and cried with over the past year was wonderful. Other than the pixie hair cuts and don't believe anyone could have guessed why this bonkers bunch of ladies were celebrating or appreciated the fear and pain this group had undergone. It has been an honour and a privilege to have met such an inspirational group and would urge anyone wondering whether to joing a Breast Cancer Care Forum to give it a try. I'm sure they could not regret it. XXX
Another June Jewel here and I second what has been said. I really could not have coped with it all without the good humour and support from the wonderful Jewels. I couldn't make the join up in York but hope to make the next one! Nobody understands what we all go through unless you have gone through it yourself and the warmth and encouragement I have got has been wonderful. Here's to the next year and all the good things to come (I hope!). x
About a year ago, a group of ladies who were due to start chemo in June 2013 got together to form the June Jewels. We have since supported each other through chemo, radiotherapy and for some through surgery after chemo. It has been a long hard slog and we are now trying to get on with our lives, taking things one day at a time, especially with our annual mammograms looming. Two weeks ago, 20 of us enjoyed a fantastic weekend together in York, which seemed a lifetime away when we were all going through chemo. But we made it through the first year and we know that the June Jewels will continue to support each other whatever the future holds. A huge thanks to Breast Cancer Care for making this happen.