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Lecturer is raising money for Prince Philip Hospital’s breast care unit

A member of staff from Coleg Sir Gâr’s Carmarthen School of Art is hoping to raise awareness of breast cancer by sharing her own experience of the disease and to raise funds for Prince Philip Hospital’s Peony Breast Care Unit where she describes her care as ‘phenomenal’.

Amelia Kilvington, head of section at the college’s art school, was 40 when she discovered a small lump in her breast and following a biopsy, she discovered she had stage one multi-focal estrogen sensitive breast cancer cells.

The discovery was made during the pandemic which made the experience a harder and lonelier journey with her family not being able to be there through her treatments during Covid.

After numerous scans, tests and two surgeries, Amelia received a pioneering genetic cell test which discovered that her cells would respond well to chemotherapy and started one of seven sessions in January this year (2021).

Nearly 20 days into her chemotherapy, she started losing her shoulder length hair and started wearing scarves, beanie hats and hats but when summer arrived, she bravely embraced the natural look.

Amelia, from Kidwelly, said: “People are not always aware of the incredible work of the Peony Breast Care Unit and the chemotherapy day unit at Prince Philip Hospital.

“The treatment I had there was first rate and second to none, they treat thousands of women and some men every year and they are really interested in getting and tailoring the best treatment for every individual.

“The care has been outstandingly amazing and I cannot stress that enough, especially when we were going through lockdown as well.”

She praises Dr Saira Khawaja, the lead consultant for breast cancer at the hospital and her team, for the pioneering work they do.

Amelia said that work kept her motivated and gave her a sense of purpose and she arranged meetings and commitments around her treatment sessions.

She also worked on improving and supplementing her health and kept her balanced outlook using mindfulness.

Amelia Kilvington now wants to raise funds for the unit she received her care from and is encouraging fundraising activities at Coleg Ceredigion and Coleg Sir Gâr, where she works, for Wear it Pink which runs from October 18 to October 22 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

She is also offering sessions to staff and students to talk about her experience and raise awareness of breast cancer.

For anyone interested in supporting Amelia, she can be contacted on amelia.kilvington@colegsirgar.ac.uk.

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