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    Weʼve raised £16,565 to help cover the cost of supporting the business in Bryony's absence, and to give to the organisations that are providing amazing support.

    Bristol
    Funded on Monday, 25th January 2021

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    Story

    Some people raise money by scaling a fitness challenge. Some run marathons. Some put themselves through gruelling trials. I will certainly be doing all three.

    A life changing diagnosis

    On the 15th December 2019, I was admitted to Southmead Hospital following a week of illness. On the 19th December, and a ride on all the fancy scanners, we received the life-changing news that I have pancreatic cancer.

    Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest common cancer, with the lowest survival of all common cancers. One-year survival in England is only 23.7% and five-year survival is only 6.9%. (Pancreatic Cancer UK)

    One of the main symptoms of the disease is pain-free jaundice. And, so looking like one of the The Simpsons, or my very own emoji, I was able to head home for Christmas. Telling our daughter this devastating news certainly wasn't the gift we had planned for her.

    We had piles of information, but it was the stats kept ringing in my mind as I sat down for what I truly thought would be my last Christmas.

    Incredible care and the news we wanted

    On Friday 28th December we received the news that the Multi Disciplinary Team felt that the tumour was operable and that I would be in for surgery within 10 days. One of the lead surgeons called me himself at 5.40pm on Friday to talk me through things again. The care has been utterly remarkable.

    Survival rates increase to 37% seeing 5 years with this procedure. Then, my very clever niece said something so insightful - one of those things that's obvious when you say it. The stats are skewed! Most cases present when patients are in their 70s... and so survival figures are bound to be lower.

    I'm young, I'm fit, and I have everything to live for. So, I got to reading the survival stories. Like Carole, now aged 51, diagnosed at 41 (just before Christmas) like me. So, I've read them all... someone has to be in that 37%, someone has to be in the 1% that makes it a decade!

    What's next?

    On Monday the 30th, it was confirmed that I am booked to have what's known as a Whipple Procedure on 2nd Jan - this is an immense undertaking. Between 6-9 hours in surgery, with recovery akin to a heart transplant. I'll then be into chemo.

    UPDATE 3rd Jan: Bryony spent a very long day in surgery, but her surgeon is very happy with the result and she is now recovering well in HDU. Please scroll down for further updates from Tom as they happen.

    What are we raising money for?

    For two things: 1) To keep my business on tick-over so I have something to come back to. 2) To donate to those organisations that I know we'll come to rely on in the coming months.

    I run my own business. I don't have critical illness cover - so there's a lesson folks! It's a business that I love. It's a business that's currently mostly reliant on me being on a stage somewhere (our plans to move it to software will need to be put on ice). There's no HR team, there's no one keeping my job open. To maintain the overheads without me working will be a significant challenge. I would dearly like a business to come back to, without having to rebuild it all.

    We have already had incredible care from not only the NHS at Southmead and at the BRI, but also from the Southmead Friends charity, the Macmillan nurses, and will no doubt be reaching out to Penny Brohn and others. We would love to be able to donate to their ongoing funding.

    Please don't send flowers

    We want to keep our home as normal as possible for our beautiful daughter, and don't want it to resemble a florists or a sweet shop. And so, all that I ask is that if you were thinking of sending flowers or chocolates - please donate what you might have spent. If you would like to send a card, please send to the address on the Watertight Marketing website.

    My goal for 2020

    As we're in the goal setting time of year, I'll share my goal with you... to stay alive.

    Updates

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    • Bryony Thomas2 years ago
      Bryony Thomas

      Bryony Thomas

      2 years ago

      Bravery, and other curious concepts...

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    • Bryony Thomas2 years ago
      Bryony Thomas

      Bryony Thomas

      2 years ago

      Some thoughts from me on #worldcancerday

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    • Bryony Thomas2 years ago
      Bryony Thomas

      Bryony Thomas

      2 years ago

      A short video to update you all and say thank you...

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    Supporters

    408

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Oct 27, 2020

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 26, 2020

      £10.00

    • John Pearce

      John Pearce

      Aug 23, 2020

      Very best wishes for your recovery

      £20.00

    • Andie Walsh

      Andie Walsh

      Aug 7, 2020

      Hi BryonyI hope you are still doing great! I've been on your training course and bought your book and have been following you ever since. Keep well and keep strong x

      £20.00

    • Samantha Rickwood

      Samantha Rickwood

      Mar 31, 2020

      Happy birthday Bry and congratulations on the launch of your second book. I know I say this a lot... and I'm going to say it again... you are an inspiration and I am so blessed to call you my friend.

      £30.00

    • Tamsin Woodbridge

      Tamsin Woodbridge

      Feb 24, 2020

      Thinking of the three of you after hearing your sad news. You are a strong, brave lady and we wish you strength and luck.

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 20, 2020

      Stay strong, you are an amazing woman and one of my favourite speakers.Goodluck with the treatment Lol Gráinne McGuire-Ferrari Ex Vistage Chair

      £30.00

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    Bryony Thomas

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    Bryony Thomas is 41, mother to a brilliant 8 year old girl, wife and best friend of 23 years to her husband Tom, sister, aunt and friend. She is the author of a book called Watertight Marketing, on which her speaking and consulting business is based.

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