Kay's story


It was whilst sailing in the Fastnet Race 2009 that Kay Stibbs worried things were "not quite right". On her return home she was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer and found herself being whisked off for immediate chemotherapy, followed by surgery, more chemotherapy, then radiotherapy. Finally a year after it had all begun she had another CT scan which gave her the all clear.

Kay describes how "shell shocked and shabby" her family felt after watching her undergoing all this treatment. Stepping off the "treadmill" of cancer treatment, whilst a significant milestone in the journey, can also be a difficult and vulnerable phase; taking stock of everything that's happened and how your view of life has changed, picking up the pieces again and going back to work - those awkward moments with colleagues and acquaintances who don't know what to say to you.

Arthur (3)

It was at this point that Kay and her family were offered a Sail 4 Cancer respite holiday. Perfect timing for a "holiday of a lifetime" as Kay describes it, saying it "was just what we needed to pull us all together and try to put some distance between us & the dreaded 'C'." Like so many others who have experienced Sail 4 Cancer's respite opportunities, Kay and her family found it a "pivotal" moment; a point at which people start to look forwards again, with renewed hope and confidence.

Sam (13)
James (15)

Rolex Fastnet 2013

Kay and her husband are now raising funds for Sail 4 Cancer by participating in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2013! Read all about it and sponsor them here

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