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Weʼre raising £20,000 to SAVE RICHARD. Diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer at 39 the NHS can no longer help...CAN YOU? 'SAVING RICHARD'

Stoke-on-Trent, UK

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You don't expect to be told at 39 that you have stage 4 bowel cancer with liver metastasis, but on the 17th October 2014 that's exactly the heartbreaking news we received. After the initial shock we were advised it was treatable but Richard would have to battle chemo and a couple of major surgeries. Richard's response was "BRING IT ON, LETS GET STARTED!"

"We're going to throw everything AND the kitchen sink at you Mr Owen!" - Burton on Trent Oncologist

In April 2015 after 6 sessions of chemo Richard had 60% of his liver and entire gallbladder removed. In June 2015 he had part of his bowel removed. He was advised that this surgery could result in him requiring a stoma. My first visit with him directly after his surgery he shrieked across the ward with a huge smile "Have you heard? I didn't need one!" He had managed to dodge the "stoma", and was exceptional pleased about it. After 6 more sessions of chemo, Richard was in remission and put on monitoring...FANTASTIC NEWS.

In July 2016 with a group of friends we went out to Cyprus and got married. We didn't ask for presents we asked for donations to Bowel Cancer UK.

In September 2016 Richard also did a run for charity to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK and between the run and the wedding gifts we managed to raise over £2,500.

After almost 12 months clear in October 2016, following a scan we were told the devastating news that the cancer was back with metastasis in the liver again and now in both lungs. Richard was straight back on chemo while we waited to hear from the various specialists if he was viable for surgery. A very anxious few weeks followed and finally the answer was yes. Unfortunately due to issues beyond our control the surgeons couldn't agree on what needed doing first. After a temper tantrum from a very annoyed wife they final decided his lungs were a priority. Richard spend our first wedding anniversary having major surgery on both his lungs, but he managed the surgeries like a trooper. Next stop liver surgery...again!

In the weeks that followed Richard was struggling and in a lot of pain from his bowel. A PET scan showed the cancer was bigger in his liver and there was now cancer in his peritoneal. The liver surgeons said they would not operate whilst the cancer was in his peritoneal. After a trip to The Christie we were advised that Richard would be viable for HIPEC treatment (a nasty and long surgery to remove cancer from his peritoneal including a hot chemo bath to be poured into his cavity) but only if the liver metastasis was dealt with.

In October 2017 Richard was in so much pain he was rushed into hospital for emergency surgery where he had another part of his bowel removed due to scarred tissue from the previous surgery causing it to twist and obstruct. Once again he was warned this could result in a stoma. Richard's faced dropped and my advice as his wife was, "deal with it if it's going to save your life because it doesn't bother me and it won't change how much I love you." Richard agreed and said he would accept it if he needed one. However, once again Richard woke from the surgery and had managed to swerve the "stoma".

It was then back on chemo and after 6 sessions the cancer had grown slightly in his liver so a different chemo was tried over another 6 sessions. A further PET scan showed the liver metastasis had grown again but only slightly however the liver surgeons now said he wouldn't be viable for surgery and we were told the catastrophic news that it could be time to prepare for the worse as avenues had been exhausted and you can only be on chemo for so long.

Richard is my soulmate, my hero, my rock, how do you prepare to loose such a huge, important part of your life. We were suppose to grow old together, we used to talk about retirement and grandchildren! He's a fantastic husband and a fabulous step-father to my daughter, she never knew her own father because unfortunately he died in a tragic accident the day after she was born. Yes unfortunately I have already buried one husband, and I'm really NOT ready to do it again!!

Richard has gallantly decided he's not ready to give up yet and even though he has been through so much he's still got so much fight in him.

He's doing it for himself, for me, our daughter and our family (especially his mum because no mother should have to bury their child) and friends, who have all already been so supportive over the last 4 years.

On 31st July 2018 we paid for a private 2nd opinion consultation with a professor. We didn't expect much, we are realistic, but Richard needed to put his mind at rest and make sure he'd done everything he possibly could to survive.

To our surprise the professor advised quite nonchalantly that we may have exhausted all NHS options but there are two other possible treatments that Richard is viable for and he wouldn't have a problem treating him. Our heavy despair diminished and for the first time in a long time hope was rising in our hearts.

What we need?

Either treatment (Cyberknife or SIRT) is around £30,000 and we have already had a generous donation of £10,000 so we are asking people if they could help with our cause and raise the remaining £20,000. We don't expect the world, after all charity begins at home but whatever you could managed it would be so gratefully appreciated. The sad thing is, this awful disease has touched so many of us at some point. My own step-father lost his battle with cancer just early this year. In a world where we can run a business from a smart phone and have a library of information at our fingertips, we still seem to be lacking in cancer success stories.

Please help us to be a success story...please be a part of it!

Dicky Who?

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  • Sian Morgan-Owen5 days ago
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    Sian Morgan-Owen

    5 days ago

    Hi All, Just a quick update to tell you that we have a meeting with the Professor down in London next Tuesday. He will look at Richard's scans and decide which is the best treatment option for him. Thank you all once again for you're generosity and making this HAPPEN! xx

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  • Sian Morgan-Owen8 days ago
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    Sian Morgan-Owen

    8 days ago

    Hi All, Just wan'ted to give you an update because I don't want you all to think we'll have your money & forget about you. You've all invested time to read our story & money to support us...Thank you xx Richard has an MRI scan this morning. Richards oncologist has kindly provided this on the NHS. The results and scans will then be sent to the professor in London who is dealing with Richards care. He will decide if Cyberknife or SIRT is the better option. It's then chemo after the scan. #charityninjas #beatcancer #savingrichard

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  • Simon Leadbetter

    Simon Leadbetter

    Aug 13, 2018

    Good luck Rich, stay strong. Sending you lots of love.Si & Jane....❤

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    Best Wishes from Jue & Steve

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Sian Morgan-Owen

Sian Morgan-Owen

Stoke-on-Trent, UK

I'm Richard's wife and we are doing everything we can to raise funds to get him life saving treatment.

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