In June 2018 The Showey family had to dig deep and pull together to be strong, when we received the shock diagnosis that Neil had a very rare type of head and neck cancer (250 people of the 66.9 million in the UK are diagnosed each year). As frightening as this was, when we met with Dr Sen and his team at Leeds Cancer Centre we were told that although the treatment would be tough, the aim was to CURE!
Last summer as a family we had the biggest challenge ever to meet - Neil's treatment was 35 daily sessions of radiotherapy to his head and neck and 3 sessions of chemotherapy. He was advised by his sister from the start "don't ask too many questions and just do what the doctor tells you" this is what he did and on September 11 2018 he rang the bell as he finished his final treatment. In January 2019 he received the amazing news that his cancer had gone. As of today, he has (and still is) making a remarkable recovery, he still suffers with some side effects of the treatment, but these are all minor issues, considering he's still with us.
Sadly Cancer touches almost everyone's lives at some point and is only more likely to in the future so we are taking part in the Race for Life not just because of our last year, but also to raise vital funds for research into treating this awful disease. In addition to the race for life 2 of us will also be doing a 38 mile cycle with Neil and some friends that we met whilst on our cancer journey around Wakefield on 27 July for MacMillan.
Without the love and support of our family and friends and the amazing care and treatment that we have received from the NHS our story could have been so different.
Please donate if possible, every penny counts!