This March I'm walking to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Thanks to the time and money invested in charities and organisations such as this, people like my late father have options and opportunities to chose their own path whilst living with cancer.
As a non-smoker, my Dad was shocked to be diagnosed with a tumour in his lung. He was initially advised by his doctor that he would be going into palliative care and to prepare for the worst. As you can imagine, he became depressed and began having panic attacks.
Later, when he was referred to the oncologist in the hospital, he found out that new research had uncovered that this was not the tumour initially thought, and was a potentially treatable neuroendocrine tumour. When trying to remove the tumour they discovered a second part to the tumour on the outside of his lung which was also attached to his heart. A decision was made to leave both tumours for fear of damaging the organs that they were attached to if removed.
Chemotherapy was not an option for him and radiotherapy didn't work. The worry was such that in 2015 my now-husband and I were advised to bring our wedding forward for fear he wouldn't make it to the end of the year. However, research into injections normally used for stomach cancers showed that they could slow down the growth rate for this tumour.
My dad was left with two options: sit in a chair and wait or go out and live his life. He decided he didn't want to be a victim to this cancer, he chose to embrace the difficulties and work alongside the cancer to enjoy himself as much as he could.
With the help of these injections, my father was able to continue working as a studio artist, and take up a long-desired hobby of automaton making. As a draftsman in his youth and a skilled artist, he was able to create beautiful and funny automatons which he gifted out to family and friends (always keeping one copy for himself of course!).
Trialling things, experimenting and background research all played their part in extending his life. Initially given up to 2 years in palliative care, thanks to developments in cancer research he spent his final 6 years creating and enjoying his life.
Please help me Walk All Over Cancer and fund life-saving and life-extending research by sponsoring me.
1st - 31st March 2019
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who donated on here and via Facebook - we raised a total of £670 + £123.75 gift aid!! You're wonderful, wonderful people who have helped contribute to the saving and extending of lives <3 I love you all very much.