Dolgellau Councillor says ‘diolch’ to cancer team

02/06/2016

Plaid Cymru’s Dolgellau Councillor, Linda Morgan has paid tribute to the cancer team in Wales and Manchester that has assisted her in her personal battle with cancer.  

“I have nothing but praise for the excellent teams of staff who have supported me through some very difficult periods in my life as I have battled cancer,” explains Plaid Cymru Councillor Linda Morgan who has battled with the disease on three different occasions.

“We are extremely fortunate in Wales to have such excellent cancer health care. We take our health so very much for granted, and only when things start to go awry do we realise the importance of the National Health Service in Wales.

Cllr Morgan has recently finished treatment after being diagnosed with Diffuse Large B cell Non Hodgkins Lymphoma.

"I was first diagnosed with cancer 25 years ago and over the years I've had excellent care at Dolgellau Surgery, Dolgellau Hospital, Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Shooting Star Cancer Unit, Cancer Unit at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and Christie's Hospital in Manchester.  

“Unfortunately four years ago I was diagnosed with kidney cancer and I was cared for by a urology consultant at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Although I lost one kidney due to the cancer, I received excellent care.

“A year ago I was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B Cell Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. This came as quite a shock as I was in my fourth year of recovery from the kidney cancer. But after receiving support and expert advice from the staff, I began my battle to fight this disease for the third time.

“When you are unwell, and battling an illness, the little things help. I remember recently, I was meant to travel to Manchester to have a PET scan which is used to produce detailed three dimensional images of the inside of the body, and can highlight how well certain body functions work. I was told a unit visits Wrexham every month. Imagine how much easier that was for me, just travelling locally to Wrexham rather than going all the way to Manchester. It was brilliant!

“I cannot thank these front line staff, specialist consultants, nurses, doctors, administrative staff – everyone that is involved in caring for people like myself here in Wales. There is so much criticism of the NHS in Wales, but the reality is, when the chips are down, and you need a team of professional healthcare workers to lead and support you, they are there.

Thank you so much to each and every one of you, here in the NHS in Wales, who are making a real difference to people’s lives on a daily basis.

“My personal aim now is to survive and return to work full-time at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor. I am also slowly getting back to working full time as a County Councillor representing the people of Dolgellau on Gwynedd Council. Local people have also shown me great compassion and support during this last year – so a big thank you goes to all of you too!”

Deputy Leader, Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn and fellow Dolgellau Councillor paid tribute to Councillor Linda Morgan: “I have nothing but admiration for Linda, who has battled with cancer for a number of years. She is committed, hardworking and goes the extra mile for local people living and working in her Ward.

“She could easily have thrown the towel in, and said enough is enough, of her responsibilities as a Councillor. Plaid Cymru Gwynedd group and Gwynedd Council are better organisations, because of people like Linda who fight for what is right. We wish her well in her recovery and look forward to continuing to work with her, here in Dolgellau and in the county of Gwynedd.”