A gentle touch when undergoing aggressive treatment

Posted on: 5th October, 2017

Category: Features

Contributor: West Cork People

Having battled cancer twice herself, Caroline Warren from Bandon set up The Touch Therapy Centre to provide cancer sufferers and anyone dealing with a serious health issue, some relief and time out from the stress and side effects that can come with such gruelling treatment.

“Many patients going through serious illnesses such as cancer may expect to lose their hair or feel ill during cancer treatment but many do not expect to develop sensitive, sore and irritated skin, or to lose their nails or develop stiffness in the joints,” explains Caroline.

“Gentle, light massage can help alleviate some of these conditions, soothe compromised skin and help decrease the associate stress levels and as a result help boost the immune system and aim to promote better sleep patterns.”

Caroline was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, age 38, and with leukaemia in 2013.

“In 2011, I went to the doctor with a pain in my breast. I was sent for a mammogram and after that everything happened very fast,” she says.

Caroline had to undergo a mastectomy and chemotherapy treatment. “I have two kids, who were age six and nine at the time, so it was very hard on them, seeing me without hair and without the energy to do anything,” says Caroline.

Caroline finished her treatment at the end of November 2011 and with Christmas approaching, she felt she could start looking forward. “I thought things would improve once the treatment was behind me, but I felt wiped out. Everything just hit me full force and it took me a good six to eight months to get through and feel like myself again. It’s fantastic to get through it but by the end of the treatment you are running on empty.”

By 2013, Caroline felt like she was finally back on track. “I was watching what I was eating, running mini-marathons, I felt good,” she says. However then she started noticing large bruises on her hips and legs, and one Monday morning, as she was running up the Bandon bypass with a friend, she experienced trouble with her breathing. “I went straight to the doctor who sent off a blood sample for testing and by Tuesday afternoon, I was diagnosed with Leukaemia and admitted to an isolation ward in the Leukaemia unit of CUH, where I spent the next 98 days.”

During that time Caroline had intensive chemotherapy, along with a succession of other procedures, including blood transfusions and bone-marrow biopsies.

“I was so angry. I lived such a healthy lifestyle and I felt I’d done my time,” she says.

Caroline was let out of hospital in February 2014 and although still having regular blood checks and bone marrow biopsies, she is now in good health. “I feel good but it will be 2019 before I am officially in remission,” she says.

Right now Caroline is looking forward and is hoping to help other cancer sufferers who are undergoing treatment.

“The Touch Therapy Centre is there for anyone who would like to take time out to recharge, relax and re-energise. It is for anyone looking for a more personal one-to-one caring environment that a large spa can not offer.”

All of the products have been specifically designed for ancer patients to help protect skin, nails and lips during chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.

At The Touch Therapy Centre you can enjoy relaxing facials and massage treatments with luxurious products in a relaxed setting when peace and rest is needed more than ever or alternatively you can also purchase a gift voucher for a friend, loved one or carer which can be used for a treatment or on the luxurious products available.

Feel free to ring Caroline on 086-834592 to discuss treatments or to book your appointment.

The Touch Therapy Centre is located at the SiRona Clinic, 27 West Douglas Street, Douglas Village, Co. Cork.

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