On the 21st September, we will be taking part in Shine Night Walk 2019 which is a night-time walking marathon in order to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
We wanted to focus on raising money for specific types of cancers which are rare, treatment is limited and as a result gets the least amount of funding and research.The two types of Cancer we would like to raise money for are Ovarian and Pancreatic Cancer.
Our main goal is to raise awareness about them and the impact that medical negligence can have when cancer does not get diagnosed or treated in time.
In April 2019, our good friend Nadine was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. She had two major operations in less than three months, one of which was a hysterectomy. Just as Nadine was doing her research into Ovarian Cancer and beginning to cope with what would become her new norm, she was given more devasting news. She did not in fact have Ovarian Cancer at all, she had Womb Cancer (sometimes referred to as Endometrial cancer).
Nadine battles daily with her emotions on having had a hysterectomy at such a young age as well as learning how to cope with early Menopause. Her life has changed dramatically this year and awareness of symptoms, understanding the differences between each of the cancers could have helped earlier diagnosis or a better treatment plan from the offset.
Nadine is currently receiving radiotherapy and will soon be starting her Chemotherapy treatment. As a young woman she has had to accept that this is her new normal, with her life changing completely without any warning. Although she has a long journey ahead, she inspires us as all as young women with her positiveness, her honesty and her drive to fight. With her warmth, strong energy and perseverance we know she can weather any storm.
As friends, we will continue to support her everyday on this journey of hers, starting by this walk.
If you would like to follow her journey as a young woman dealing with the effects of Womb Cancer and early menopause, please follow her inspiring Instagram page:
This page is also made in loving memory of a wonderful Father, Husband and Son, Kuldip, who died as a result of medical negligence whilst suffering with Duodenal Cancer in February 2013.
Due to the close links and symptoms between both Duodenal and Pancreatic cancer, we wanted to raise money so that further research can be done on how to treat cancer in that area of our bodies. Pancreatic Cancer is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer with one of the lowest mortality rates. It currently has very low levels of funding and due to it being in an area of our body containing vital organs, treatment is both difficult and risky.
In 2010 Kuldip was misdiagnosed with stomach cancer. Although his symptoms and scans showed quite clearly, he had cancer in his duodenum. As a result he was put through a major surgery, which left him in critical care and further weakened him. Due to the wrong diagnosis and the wrong operation, they did not in fact remove the tumour.
In 2011, when he was finally strong enough to be able to go for the correct procedure, referred to as the Whipple, he lost too much blood in the theatre. This was as a result of complications from his first surgery, therefore they could not complete the Whipple procedure.
In both operations the cancer was never removed. The lack of research and treatment plans available for cancer in this area of the body cost Kuldip his life.
The next two years of his life were spent dealing with the complications that arose due to the medical negligence he suffered and the lack of understanding with how to deal with Duodenal Cancer.
He was a positive, strong-willed man who had a passion for life. A loving husband and the best father, who did not have to go. This has left a huge hole in the lives of everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. An emptiness that can never be filled again.
We hope with more awareness and funding, there does not need to be others who had suffered the way Kuldip and his family did.
Any money raised will go directly to Ovarian Cancer research and Pancreatic Cancer research. Although Kuldip had Duodenal Cancer and Nadine has Womb Cancer, there is no research page available to donate directly to these areas. Therefore, we have chosen the ones that we feel are closely linked to this area and we believe deserve the funding.
Thanks for your support!!