Derby Dog Sitter’s Thank you for Support
Hi I’m Derby dog holiday organiser, Nicola Fairbrass, and I’m delighted to announce that I’m celebrating the first year anniversary of my dog sitting business. I am very proud of this milestone as in January of this year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have decided to speak out and share my experience, in the hope that others will be inspired to realise that life does carry on with a cancer diagnosis.
With support from staff at Barking Mad Derby and the wider franchise team at the UK’s leading dog sitting network, I have managed to continue running my professional pet care service, maintaining levels of business in a challenging economic climate. I organise holidays for dogs with host families, whilst their owners are away.
Your life does become overtaken by cancer so it is really important to get the right support in place. I am lucky to have a great team both here in Derby and also at Barking Mad’s HQ call centre, who have been instrumental in helping me to carry on. I want people to realise that having cancer hasn’t stopped me from continuing to run the business that I love. It does limit what you can do and there will always be good days and bad days but staying positive and having a focus makes such a difference. I also want to raise awareness of how important it is to be conscious of your body and get into the routine of checking for anything different.
I was delighted to be interviewed by BBC Radio Derby in June, to talk about my career as a pet sitter and pleased to be asked back recently to chat about my cancer journey. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped me to carry on.
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