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Walking to say thank you

I’m walking to support The Royal Marsden, a world-leading cancer centre which has provided my breast cancer treatment in 2023. By donating to my page, their nurses, doctors, and research teams can provide the very best care and develop life-saving treatments, which are used across the UK and around the world. Together, we can transform the lives of cancer patients. Please support me today.

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My 2023

Thursday 23rd Nov

Quite the year. In January I went for a follow up (from September 22) appointment with the breast team at Kingston hospital. This time I wasn’t sent away, but biopsied there and then, “just to be sure it’s nothing”. This “nothing” was a tiny, little fingernail sized area of dry skin on my boob and whilst I’d observed it myself and made the GP appt, in my head this was really to stop me worrying and rule out anything sinister. A short fortnight later the biopsy results came back and I was asked to come in. That definitely didn’t seem like nothing to worry about - surely if I was all fine, they would have just phoned me. Scott came with me at his suggestion, “just in case”. We were barely in the surgeons door and I was very quickly told that I had Grade One, hormone receptive breast cancer and that I would need a lumpectomy (a wide local excision), then chemo and radiotherapy. Body blow after body blow, this was a lot to take in. Hold on though, I was told, grade one is very early and all treatment was thought to be curative. Ok so whilst trying to calm my brain down I was also told to immediately stop all my miracle HRT and that there would need to be further tests to ensure we were only dealing with one site. Multiple biopsies on both sides (one was an MRI guided biopsy which was very painful) followed and I was booked in for surgery. All other biopsies came back clear thank goodness. Surgery day arrived and I was sent back and forth between two (fortunately local) hospitals due to an admin mix up - this didn’t help the nerves I can tell you!! Post surgery was smooth sailing until a 2 week follow up, where I was hit with the histology which featured a second, this time grade 2 tumour and poor margins, meaning more surgery.


One month later and I’m back under the knife. Surely this time all would be clear?


Uh, no. Once again poor margins but this time, my team felt I needed to get on with chemotherapy and so again one month after my second op, I had a procedure to insert a port in my chest and then I started 12 wks of chemo. Never been so nervous in my life as when, with what felt like lead boots, I walked into the chemo unit at Kingston Hospital- a satellite of The Royal Marsden. Fortunately my nerves were spotted by the amazing team and I was given anti-anxiety medication alongside the chemo. Cold cap firmly in place I started what at that point seemed like an interminable course of chemo. In reality, it never felt like that. The Marsden staff are all so kind and caring and seeing them so often, you slip into an easy familiarity and they help you find ways to smile and relax through an arduous situation. I recognise how lucky I was during this phase of treatment, you’re at the hospital frequently and both living so close and not experiencing such drastic side effects as expected, was invaluable. As chemo ended so did the summer and after a couple of short trips away, which I never expected to manage this year, it was time for my mastectomy. You’d think that this would be a big deal, but in reality, I’d already written off my left boob and so was not sorry to see it finally go (oh and they found a third tumour upon post op inspection, so good riddance). With an excellent plastic surgeon now part of the team, I was sent home with an expander in place, to allow for healing and skin stretching ahead of the final reconstructive surgery. This happened in December 23, bringing a frankly bizarre year to a close. If you told me at the start of Jan 23 whilst I was knocking back G&Ts in my friend's marquee, that this is what 2023 would have in store I would have laughed - as they say, you couldn’t make it up! But the point is, this is happening it seems to more and more women (and men) and so this is why I’ll be marching with my girlie gang to raise funds for the Royal Marsden - a truly phenomenal place full of compassionate staff who deserve every superlative one can bestow. The treatment continues for quite a long time and I now look forward to seeing the staff each time I go in, despite the fact that they’re sticking needles in me most of the time! In particular I would like to thank Breast Nurse Angela Hawkins for getting me through and helping me navigate and for answering my multiple questions with pragmatism and humour. I’d like to thank surgeons Chloe Constantinou and Theo Nanides for ensuring I am cancer free and rebuilt. And Oncologist Marina Parton for explaining all the treatment so clearly and for listening to concerns. I could not have got through the year without the collective hug and support from friends and family and I will always be grateful to my work family for giving me the time and space to process, cope and heal. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And now as I move forward and step off the rollercoaster, I am dizzy but healthy, still processing, but thankful. So if you can spare a few pounds, please sponsor my friends and I as we march from Marsden (Fulham) to Marsden (Sutton) this coming May. Thank you x

Thank you to my Sponsors

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The Education Company

With much love and respect from your friends and The Education Company x x

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Jon Batterham

Tiff, so sorry you went through all of this. Thanks for sharing your story. Truly inspiring how you dealt with it all. Look forward to catching up. Love all at Chrysalis Research x

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David And Becky

Good luck with the walk, Tiff! Love, David and Becky x

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Georgina Martin

Best of luck Tiff

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Sara Brockett

Good Luck Tiff. Sara, William, Stanley & Cyril x

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R Snow

Go Tiff!

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Tiffany Barwick

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Matt & Ash Young

Good luck Tiff. Hope you smash your target.

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Kathryn Da Costa

Great news to hear you’re cancer free. We’ve been thinking of you. Good luck with the walk x

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Dad

♥️

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David Cross

Big hug from all the family…… lots of love

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Richard Chambury

Smash it Tiff X

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Sonia Brockett

Good luck tiff ❤️

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Colin Barwick

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Jenny

Lots of love!

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Val Nicol

Wow what a rollercoaster year for you Tiff. So glad to hear you are now cancer free and are doing the walk to give back to this wonderful team. Lots of love xxx

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Steve 'n' Simon

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Rebecca Snow

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The Linchmob

Go tiff! 🙌

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Jess Sarson

So sorry to hear you’ve had such an ordeal. Sounds like you’ve had a wonderful team to treat and support you. Sending lots of love and wishing you well for the remainder of your treatment. Good luck on the walk. Jess x

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Eleanor Fea

Good luck to you and your team Tiff XX

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Sharon Roessen

Wow what a year an incredible story. Lots of love Sharon, Ludo and Evie!

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Jeremy Coleman

Best Wishes Tiff. I hope you are fully recovered and fit & healthy again now.

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Isabella Park

Great to be doing the walk. Sorry you had such a difficult year and here's to a fantastic 2024.

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Colette Harris

With love and so much respect for your journey and your fundraising walk! X

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Sharon Corden

Good Luck Tiffany. Love from Sharon & Andrew xx

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Janice Collins

Best of luck, Cheryl would be proud !!! xxx

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Ruth & Stefan Armitage

All the love! Go smash it!

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Rachel Foster

Tiff you have been so pragmatic and strong this year, just amazing. Enjoy your walk in May xx

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Martin Finn

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Kate Mcgoey

So much love Tiff, you’re awesome x

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Dan Rhoda

Hope all well Tiff, all the best xx

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Libby

Well done to you Tiff and your Tit!

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Julie

Go girl!

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Jayne Bull

So sorry to hear what a dreadful year you had Tiff and hoping for a speedy and permanent recovery.

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Anonymous

Bloody love Tiff’s tit - brilliant name for a brilliant cause. We are very lucky to have these great facilities near by. Happy walking and speaking of let’s have another walk very soon! 😘😘😘

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Alison Stubbings

Such a horrible year for you. So proud of how you coped xxxxx love FL

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Chantal And Barry Ellis

Great cause well done Tiffany, wishing you well xx

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Alice Shelmerdine

Full of admiration for you Tiff and so glad to hear that you’ve got the all clear! X X

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Sabine Bullinger

Great to hear that you are cancer free and you want to support the important work of the hospital. All the best! xx

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Dunia Dabbagh

Glad you’re on the mend Tiff and you’re cancer free! Congrats sweetheart! X

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Don Shanahan

Enormous luck Tiff! You'll smash that march! x

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Ali Hamdi

Well done Tiff - your courage is amazing- you’ve done so well this year. Onwards and upwards xx

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Karen C

Such a worthy cause, go girls xx

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Alison Shaw

You are amazing Tiff and are such an inspiration. Good luck with the walk and raising funds for such a vital cause. lots of love Alison, Phil, Lauren & Emily xx

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The Perugi Family

Good luck with the walk!! Sending lots of love from The Perugi family xxx

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Eleanor Miller

You’re doing a great thing Tiff xxx

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Jo Jury

Sending you lots of love ❤️

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Elfa

Best of luck on your marching!

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Rebecca

Such good news and good luck!!!

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Lucy Marcovitch

This is such a story Tiff - what a year indeed. I am so glad you are well. Have a fantastic walk with your girls.

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Beth Bramley

All the best wonderful Tiff x

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Pauline Hughes

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Jill Elston

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Sam Mercer

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Steve Key

Go Tiff!!! Love Steve xx

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Katherine Bass

Cancer messed with the wrong woman! Go Tiff. Lots of love Katherine, Luke, George & Issy xxxx

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Lynda

Of course I’m going to sponsor Tiff’s tit! Go for it you awesome lady!

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Lucy Macaulay

Go! Go! GO!

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Lizzie Ferris

Go team Tiff! Loads of love to you and your girl gang x