Cancer is a Drag’s Founder met Donna whilst attending several appointments at The Supportive Therapy Unit at King’s College Hospital. We got to know her story and the struggles she was experiencing, on top of her cancer treatment when she contacted us at the charity for support because her washing machine had broken down and she was really struggling to pay her bills with the money she had.
This is the basis of what Donna wrote in her emails;
I’m on my fourth chemo still ongoing, my washing machine broke down last week and basically water went everywhere and it would help me very much for your support as it has been very hard for me. I have had a really bad year; my son was killed by a dangerous driver in August last year and then in January I got mould in my house. My carpet was down so I picked it up and put it on the balcony but then I had an asthma attack. I went to the hospital to get checked out and found out that I had Leukaemia, Within two days I was having chemo. I didn’t think I was going to be able to get help from social services and Macmillan and since then I have had no help whatsoever really, and feel alone. I also have emphysema 60% and can only go five minutes without being out of breath. I have applied for PIPs but have been told it can take over a year so I’m having to get taxis to hospital using my Jobseeker’s Allowance. I still get called for mandatory work programs and I have to keep on sending them forms to prove that I have Leukaemia. So at the moment things are very hard and wondered if you can help me? This is much appreciated, thank you very much, all my love. Donna’