A Dream Come True
Gail was 39 when she was diagnosed with secondary metastatic breast cancer. From a young age, Gail always dreamed of watching a live Wimbledon tennis match and never thought it was possible until she applied to Willow.
"I'm an only child and have had a very happy family life for which I am very grateful. I have sadly ran out of time to have my own family because of the cancer. After the shock of the diagnosis and telling myself I can face this head on, I was then told it was terminal. I felt very bitter that I never got the chance to try and beat this horrible disease. The best way I can describe this sort of diagnosis is that it is like throwing a stone into a still pool of water and seeing the ripple effect of sadness affect your family and friends, which is hard.
I watched Wimbledon as a child on TV and always dreamed of what it would be like to actually be there. I just never thought that it was possible until I found out about Willow's Special Days.
I applied but honestly did not really expect to be offered this experience. I was astounded when I received the call offering a trip to London and tickets to see Wimbledon. It was so emotional and then after the initial emotion, in all honesty it felt bittersweet because part of me thought - I want them to say you don't qualify as you are effectively not ill enough! That was my bittersweet reality, that I am ill enough. With a diagnosis of terminal cancer, how could I not think I was ill enough? I guess that because I keep living positively, I have almost forgotten the reality of what I am facing.