This February I am giving up sugar for Cancer Research UK which lets be honest is going to be really hard for me as there is no inapropriate time to eat chocolate - fudge for breakfast is a totally acceptable meal to me. I quite honestly think Sugar Free Feb is harder than running the London marathon for me!
However, Cancer Research is a charity extremely close to my families heart, when I was 9 my dad was diagnosed with Throat cancer which led him to have an operation which resulted in him losing his voice box, My dad is also dyslexic and unable to write/spell, having his voice removed also took away his ability to communicate with us. In the summer of 2017 he was diagnosed again with Stage 3 Mouth Cancer, at Stage 3 they will still operate and do the best they can to remove the cancer, he had surgery again this time to remove his tongue which took away his ability to eat or drink, he was fitted with a feeding tube directly to his stomach. When they were operating they discovered it was Stage 4, if they had known that before they were operating they wouldn't have operated. Before my dad was diagnosed I didn't really take into account all the different types of Cancer that there are and all the lasting affects it can leave on someone's life. We are nearly 2 years on from my dads last surgery and we as a family are still adjusting, Last month my dad got the all clear from cancer.
Cancer Research UK are not only working tirelessly to find a cure but they are working on ways to detect cancer early on to prevent it from getting to a Stage 3/4.