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£4,949raised of £18,000 target by 176 supporters

    Weʼve raised £4,949 to fight cancer a 3rd time, to gve me time with my new husband & for life-saving Gamma Knife Treatment

    Swindon, United Kingdom
    Funded on Thursday, 31st August 2017

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    Hi I'm Jo.For the past 4 years I'be been battling aggressive breast cancer. I'm now stage 4 (meaning it's no longer considered curable) and literally fighting to save my life. Asking for help does not come easily but sadly, due to circumstances, there really is no other option.

    First diagnosed with cancer in Oct 2013, I felt completely numb at receiving the devastating news but quickly decided it would not win. I had a lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy & radiotherapy & believed myself cured. But, in August 2016, the cancer returned with a vengeance-a 6cm tumour growing into my chest wall. This time, I was diagnosed as triple negative meaning the cancer doesn't have receptors for hormones oestrogen & progesterone or the protein HER2, which all the most successful treatments target. I had a 2nd round of chemo (with all the glamorous side effects) but no response. Told I would need a radical mastectomy, I decided I was more than my boobs. I had a 2nd op, achieving 'No Evidence of Disease'-hardly able to believe I had defeated cancer a second time.

    Just 6 weeks later, the CT scan showed the cancer had spread to my lung, meaning I was stage 4. I was terrified but said "If life gives you reasons to cry, find 10 more reasons to smile.." My only regret was not being married to the man who has stood beside me on this journey. I arranged a simple wedding to Andy in just 2 days!

    Refusing to believe the diagnosis, I discovered potentially life-saving Gamma Knife treatment, where a non-invasive laser delivers high dose targeted radiation. But, it costs £18K and has to be paid for privately. Primary Care Trusts refuse to fund this for breast cancer patients-despite the fact over £9 million has been spent buying the technology & 11 hospitals offer the treatment. My goal is to BEAT breast cancer & grow old disgracefully with Andy :-) If you can donate anything, (no matter how small), we would be eternally grateful. Thank you! Together we are stronger than cancer x

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    • Joanne Ryan1 year ago
      Joanne Ryan

      Joanne Ryan

      1 year ago
      Update from the Page owner

      A huge and heartfelt thank you to each of you. Tumour in lung removed in May and we achieved No Evidence of Disease according to July scan! I remain at high risk of reoccurence die to nature of triple negative type cancer, but for now, the dark clouds have cleared and Andrew and I are enjoying that happy ever after feeling. Together we are stronger than cancer x

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    • Joanne Ryan1 year ago
      Joanne Ryan

      Joanne Ryan

      1 year ago

      Christian Tibrea... A huge thank you this evening to Andy's work colleague at Honda, who auctioned an Armani watch and raised £110 for our Crowdfunding page. Very touched by this incredibly kind gesture...

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    • Joanne Ryan1 year ago
      Joanne Ryan

      Joanne Ryan

      1 year ago

      WE NEED YOUR OLD GOLD JEWELLERY!! Lucy Sylvester, the jewellery designer who created the fabulous moth ring for Game of Thrones, has kindly agreed to create a BESPOKE piece of jewellery to auction for our Do More for Stage for Campaign. I've sent 3 pieces of old gold jewellery to her, but wondered if people also have unwanted items which they might be willing to put into the pot? Lucy said depending on how much gold we get, she could also do Ivy leaf pendants (Victorian symbol of love and friendship) or acorns (hope & new growth) or rose buds!

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    • Joanne Ryan1 year ago
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      Joanne Ryan

      1 year ago

      THE VERY TALENTED MR LLOYD.. Thank you to Olli of Oliver Llloyd Designs for agreeing to produce a bespoke artwork in the coming weeks, for us to auction for the campaign to Do More for Stage 4. SOO excited!

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    176

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 28, 2017

      I hope you raise all you need Joanne, you're a very brave lady.

      £10.00

    • amanda king

      amanda king

      Aug 25, 2017

      ❤️Wish you all the luck possible ❤️

      £5.00

    • Debbie Walker

      Debbie Walker

      Aug 21, 2017

      Wishing you all the luck in the world for your happy ever after

      £10.00

    • Josie O'Farrell

      Josie O'Farrell

      Aug 20, 2017

      best of luck xx

      £10.00

    • Emma Conniffe

      Emma Conniffe

      Aug 19, 2017

      I have just read your story in TAB, wishing you all the very best for the future.

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 19, 2017

      Good luck with your fundraising and wishing you every success with your treatment.Best wishesShirley

    • Philip

      Philip

      Aug 18, 2017

      Good luck. The NHS has been behind in these high tech treatments for years. Its criminal that they won't offer it to you

      £20.00

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    Joanne Ryan

    Joanne Ryan

    Swindon, United Kingdom

    I'm unfortunately one of the 15% of women who have rare triple negative, aggressive breast cancer. Now stage 4 my cancer is no longer considered curable. I simply refuses to accept this - believeing a positive attitude is key and that I will beat this disease, one day soon...

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