All donations made will go to receiving immunotherapy at The Hallwang Clinic in Germany. Here's my story:
My name is Beth Roberts. I am 43 years old and I live in Liverpool. I am a mother to two beautiful children and have a wonderful husband, Oliver. I have always enjoyed exercise, so it came as quite a shock when I was diagnosed with primary and secondary breast cancer in March 2015. I had been training for a half marathon when I had to stop mid-run, as I was in excruciating pain. I was diagnosed with a back strain, but I later discovered that I had broken my back in three places due to the extensive spread of cancer in my bones. I had to have an emergency corpectomy to remove the crumbling vertebra that was pressing on my spinal column. I also had a hip replacement, as it was at the point of fracture. This had a major impact on my children to see their mum effectively immobilised. I have spent the last year and a half regaining my fitness and although I have had to give up running, I can now enjoy hiking, swimming and yoga. I spend as much time doing things I love. I have always been happy, but this last year and a half has reminded me of how lucky I am to have so many wonderful friends and family. As a research ecology student, I now spend a lot of time researching latest cancer developments and I have set up a facebook page called "Beth's Cancer Journey" to help other patients.
I am responding well to current treatment at The Christie and my tumour load has reduced. I would like to continue to keep the cancer at bay, so I will need to continue with the treatment at The Hallwang Clinic in Germany. I've now had eight peptide vaccines and spent £50,000 of the money raised here. The vaccines activate your immune system to attack the cancer. There is growing clinical evidence for these vaccines, but I can't access them in this country. Whilst they are currently being used in trials (eg VAPER) and they will help people in my situation in the future, I haven't the luxury of time. My oncologist in the UK has given his blessing to have the treatment and he says it is more likely to be successful whilst my tumour load is low. As a stage IV cancer patient you are told there is no cure. I am doing all these treatments to extend my life.
The charity Yes to Life is brilliant at raising awareness and I hope that everyone will have access to peptide vaccines one day. Please donate to help me get to The Hallwang Clinic : www.hallwang-clinic.com/