Colchester Breya’s daughter, 7, beats rare, aggressive cancer

AN inspiring young girl who has been battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer since she was a baby has finally been given the green light.

Breya Ward, who is seven years old and lives in Colchester with her proud mum Holly Robinson, 33, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma when she was 18 months old.

Her family, including father Ollie, and the community at large then came together to raise £ 250,000 so she could undergo specialist treatment in America.

Three years ago, Breya went into remission, but due to the severity of the cancer she had battled, doctors still only gave her a 30 percent chance of survival.

Resilient and courageous, Breya, however, is now looking forward to living the rest of her life with her beloved mother after finally being given the green light last week.

Holly said: “I have finally allowed myself to be overwhelmed with emotions that Breya is going to live a long and happy life.

“As a mother and family, what we went through was inexplicable, but looking back, it made me grow a lot as a person.

“Breya has literally proven to me that anything is possible when you think about it – I believe positive thinking plays a huge role in any recovery.

“She is doing amazingly well now and although she has some physical limitations, her mental recovery has been amazing.

“She just has the normal life of any seven year old now and an amazing positive outlook on life, she inspires me every day.”

Last November, Holly launched The Hormone Hub alongside her 16-year-old best friend Rachael Anderson, 32, a graduate therapist.

The company sees the couple holding group therapy sessions and doing some sexual empowerment work, but they are now launching weekly mindfulness classes.


Holly is also now offering free clinical hypnotherapy for pain management to children currently battling cancer to help them fight the effects of chemotherapy.

The life coach and clinical hypnotherapist says she was inspired to initiate stress relief initiatives after regularly exploring methods of de-stress with Breya.

“I do meditation and yoga with Breya most of the time and it had a huge impact on her recovery and that’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate,” added Holly.

“Our classroom provides a space to explore mindfulness practices such as meditation, gain a new perspective on stressful situations, and reduce negative emotions.

“We are aware that many people cannot afford conventional therapy, so we hope it will make a difference for the community and we are offering a free first session.

“We hope this will allow a large portion of the community to connect and engage in positive practices to help improve mental health in Colchester.”

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