Weʼre raising £2,500 to Get Jade on her way to America for Much needed Treatment by Sponsoring Sam and Trudy's Head Shave.
- St Andrews, Fife, UK
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We are Braving the Shave. I'm calling it a Sponsored mop chop! (I personally hate the hairdressers and only frequent it once maybe twice a year and I havent had short hair since I was a child) so please dig deep and donate generously as this is something we are not doing lightly and is very important my family and me. x
This Gorgeous Wee family need all the help you generous people can give to help get my Sister in law the treatment she desperately needs to see her daughter grow up. Please read her Story so far written by her Mother Helen.
In February of 2017 Jade was diagnosed with stage 3c triple negative breast cancer which for those of you that don’t know is a rare and aggressive form of cancer which had already spread to her lymph nodes. Well as you can imagine we as a family were all blown away by this news with the exception of Jade whose attitude towards it was ‘OK, I have it lets get on with it’.
Months of aggressive chemotherapy, surgery and a good hammering of radiotherapy followed yet all the way through Jade was amazing and an inspiration to us all. Not at any time did she complain or whinge, not even when her hair started falling out, she just reached for the clippers and took control. Her sense of humour never faltered and, to be perfectly honest, helped the rest of us through. Her whole focus was on beating this disease and getting back to work and continue with her life.
The day Jade was given the news that she had had a complete pathological response to treatment (the all clear) she left the hospital like her backside was on fire. I literally had to run to keep up with her!
In February 2018, as soon as the doctors permitted, Jade returned to the job she loves albeit on recuperative duties slowly building up her hours with a view to return to full duties in September. But, in late May Jade began suffering from a persistent headache, she just couldn’t shift it. By the first week of June she could stand the pain no more and took herself to A&E. Jade insisted on a CT scan, after revealing her recent medical history they finally agreed to do it. Sadly, the results of the scan revealed several masses to Jades brain that were suspected to be the breast cancer that had metastasized. Further scans, an MRI and PET resulted in the following diagnosis:
Stage 4 Brain Mets a Total of 7 Tumours
Yes you read that right….. 7 metastatic brain tumours. Due to the location and number of tumours surgery to remove them is not an option in the UK. Jade was referred to the Royal Marsden hospital in London where they performed 3 sessions of stereotactic radiosurgery (the cyberknife). They treated all 7 tumours in a bid to shrink them as much as possible. If this treatment is successful it will buy Jade some time, but we won’t know how the tumours have reacted until October 2018 when she will be scanned again. In the meantime, we are trying holistic therapies, diets and anything else that may help. Then there is the relentless search for treatments in other countries.
In the UK Jade has been given 12-24 months to live, yet in the USA, with the right treatment, people are living for many years with their cancer being classed as dead or sleeping.
We have met with a young woman from the UK by the name of Melissa Huggins who 10 years ago was also given 2 years to live by doctors in the UK and, like us, Melissa’s parents refused to accept the prognosis and took her to the USA for treatment. 10 years on, Melissa is now married with a young daughter. She has no idea if her cancer is dead or sleeping….. but she's still here.
We have found a fantastic clinic in the USA, Duke Health, that believe they can treat Jade, they are currently working on a care plan specifically for her. But this is going to cost, we are not sure as yet what that will be in terms of money, but there is no price too high to put on such a sad waste of a beautiful life and the devastation and loss that would ensue should we not achieve our goal and GET JADE WELL so she can watch her daughter grow into as wonderful a woman as her mother is.
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Aug 15, 2018
Good luck Sam. From Rebecca Laird x
Aug 14, 2018
Huge respect Sam & Trudy. Wishing your family all the best. The Berghuis Bunch xxxx
Aug 12, 2018
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Aug 9, 2018
Well done ladies. Much love from the Martins
Aug 7, 2018
And I will donate another £10 when done!! Best of luck, a really good cause.
Aug 7, 2018
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