On March 20 2021, it will be 18 years since my Mum died of Cervical Cancer.
Mum didn’t stand a chance against it. Her cancer was diagnosed after she went into kidney failure; the tumour cut off her urethra and sent her kidneys into shut down. It took two weeks for a biopsy to be taken. She’d been telling her GP for over a year there was something wrong, the bleeding and pain was just not right, but he brushed her off as being menopausal. But that’s another story.
Mum was diagnosed with cancer in July 2002, by 20 March 2003 she was dead.
Eight years later, just as my Dad had remarried, he was diagnosed as being ‘pre-leukaemia’. We were told it could be months, even years before it developed into Leukaemia. Two months later, he was submitted to hospital with an infection in his lymph nodes and diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia - an aggressive form of blood cancer most common in people over the age of 75. My Dad was 60.
Dad died 16 days before his 61st birthday. In the year of his treatment, he received chemotherapy, had his spleen removed and tried other treatments once the chemo stopped being effective. We had a bone marrow donor all set up (our Uncle Pete was a match, he was going to do this for his brother) but the chemo couldn’t fight the cancer back for long enough. Giving him a transplant wouldn’t have worked, it would have been a short term fix.
Mum and Dad have missed all the major milestones in both mine and my brother’s life. Since they’ve been gone, I’ve graduated three times - my first degree, a PGCE and an MSc. My brother became a Dad - they never met their grandson who couldn’t look more of a Jackson if he was a clone! I got married and my brother gets married next year.
We need to eradicate Cancer. It’s not scare tactics when they say 1 in 2 people will be effected - me and my family have lived that experience. I have many other survivors in my family - I thank medicine, science and research for all they have done to save them.
This is why I am choosing to Walk All Over Cancer for the March. It’s time Cancer got a taste of it’s own medicine, it’s time to fight back.
Thanks for visiting my fundraising page. This March I’m walking 10,000 steps a day throughout the month to help beat cancer. Help me Walk All Over Cancer and fund life-saving research by making a donation to my page.