In December 2014, my life and the meaning it had was to change forever. Aged 31, I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Given a "small chance of success”, the surgeon said the tumour was “too big to operate”, and so began the cancer exploration.
Setback after setback, blow after blow, I found peace in the smallest of things. I began taking each day as it came.
In December 2015, my life was to change once more; "the chemo wasn't working, the cancer was growing, and the NHS had no more treatment options". My condition was terminal.
And so came my last resort in April 2016. A friend suggested fundraising for a breakthrough drug, not on the NHS. The target was daunting; raise £200,000 to give myself a chance.
The response has been incredible. The love and support from family, friends, and complete strangers, many of whom are now friends, helped us raise £186,000. After a year of treatment the tumours reduced in size. Now in June 2018, the treatment has been paused for a year, the tumours remain stable
There is still a long way to go.
In the mean time, in between treatment and hospital appointments, I blog when I can, and share my story across stages. My book ‘Choosing To Stay: How Cancer Gave Me My Life Back’ is now published and available to order on Amazon. Do visit my book page.