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Last September, my fiancé Jim Ford received the devastating diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer. I felt like my whole world had fallen apart. The prognosis was the worst imaginable and it seemed like there was no hope. Without treatment, Jim would have just months to live.
After being referred to Christie’s for chemotherapy, Jim underwent four cycles of treatment from October to December. He was an absolute trooper, remaining continually positive and upbeat throughout the whole experience. He suffered from fatigue during his first two cycles, but otherwise coped admirably. I couldn’t have been prouder to see him tackling it as bravely as he did.
It was the hardest four months of my life and wasn’t made any easier by being in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. We both had to shield to keep Jim safe, relying on family members to bring food and essentials for us.
December brought his final treatment, followed by a CT scan to see how he had responded. When we had our telephone consultation with his oncologist, we were thrilled to hear Jim had had an excellent response.
In early February he began a course of preventative radiotherapy to minimise the risk of any cancer spreading to his brain.
It’s thanks to clinical trials that radiotherapy has been proven to be a preventative measure. Jim wouldn’t be having this treatment without this important research.
During Covid-19 research has been delayed, fundraising has been a struggle and charities are still in desperate need of funds. This is my way of trying to raise money to help other families affected by cancer get the treatment they need, by fundraising for life-saving research.
I couldn’t be prouder of Jim and how he has faced such a traumatic ordeal. He’s amazing in every way, but that’s the Jim Ford we all know and love. I want to do something to make him proud of me.