After finishing a two year Youth Training Scheme focusing on graphic design and printing techniques when I left secondary school, I found full time employment with a plastic card manufacturing company who produced VIP passes & badges for the hospitality sector, mainly music, sporting and conference events. I fulfilled various roles within the company including designing, pre-press, digital printing, administration, client services, exhibition event organising and finally promotion to operations manager. They had the pleasure of my service for 25 years!
During the last 5 years of my full time employment I had been running ‘Orchid Memories’ in the background as a small side line business. See About Us section
November 8th 2019 – A DATE I WILL NEVER FORGET!
After experiencing some ongoing health problems for a few months I was eventually rushed into hospital for tests and an emergency blood transfusion. I was then given the devastating news that I had been diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. (I had been a very silly girl and missed my smear test to which a 6cm stage 2b tumour had become present).
From that day on my whole life changed. I was sent for CT Scans, Mri Scans & Pet Scans. I was then transferred from Medway Hospital over to the Kent Oncology Centre in Maidstone where I met my consultant (my AMAZING consultant I might add) and my treatment plan was laid out for me.
Surgery, Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and internal Brachytherapy. In between all of the treatment I had a total of seven blood transfusions, a pick line fitted, my weight plummeted to seven stone and near the very end of my treatment, I developed sepsis which gave me renal failure. The entire experience was extremely frightening and the toughest challenge of my life, physically, mentally and emotionally.
The positive I take from this ordeal is that I got to meet some of the most AMAZING individuals, the Doctors, Nurses and all of the staff at both Medway and Maidstone NHS Hospitals are just incredible. I really did receive the BEST care and I will never forget any of them (especially two of my main guys who I will always hold in the highest of regards: Mr Doctor Jeff Summers & Mr Professor Omer Devaja.
July 13th 2020 – THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!
At 10.12am I received that all important telephone call to notify me a full response had been achieved. Cancer Free! – It was finally over, my life was handed back to me. A well deserved magnum of Moët & Chandon was enjoyed that day (I shared with my family and friends of course!)
After my recovery process, the covid lock down restrictions lifting and the world re-opening, the whole of my ordeal just hit me and I started to look at life in a very different light. I needed to move on and find fulfilment elsewhere.
It took courage to make a difficult decision to resign from my job of 25 years especially after investing a significant amount of time and effort with my previous employer. But I had to chose to prioritise my own happiness and fulfilment by pursuing something I am passionate about.
So here I am today Owner and Creative
Director of my own Company …