Why Louise Favaretto is supporting Brew Together
Louise, 38 from Hampshire, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in September 2017. She turned to baking cakes with her daughter as a way to relax whilst undergoing treatment. This year she is supporting Brew Together.
I had always loved baking and making special occasion cakes for friends and family, but I had to stop when I was diagnosed. During my chemo consultation I was really keen to try and make sure that we arranged for my ‘good weeks’ to fall on things like my daughter’s birthday and Christmas, so I wasn’t missing any big family moments.
A week after my first treatment, I felt like I was getting back to myself and the purposes I’d had before my diagnosis.
It was my daughter’s 7th birthday that inspired me to bake her a cake and gave me something positive to focus on other than chemotherapy. I even felt invigorated enough to bake not one, but two birthday cakes for her! One of the things I love about baking is that you don’t have to think about cancer. You can focus on being creative.
I love making cakes for family and friends and it always brings a smile to them. I'll often turn up at a friend’s house with homemade cakes to have with our coffee and natter. When I make a Victoria sponge, it goes down really well with a mug of coffee but if I bake cookies, I will have a hot chocolate.
Once I made a large 3D Eeyore cake and the head fell off, so I had to use supports to stop this happening again!