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Beth's Cancer Journey

I am fundrasing for Yes to Life because I would like to get private treatments.

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Yes to Life

We empower people with cancer to make informed choices.

Charity Registration No. 1112812

Story

All donations made will go to private cancer treatments and repurposed drugs. Here's my story:

My name is Beth Roberts. I am 45 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 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 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. I have spent the last three years 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 these years have 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 also work for @METUPUK as a patient advocate to improve research and drug access for other patients. 

I am responding well to current treatment at The Christie and my tumour load has reduced. I am exceptionally lucky to be treated under my amazing oncologist and at a centre of excellence. I had a second opinion via my gp and requested to move to The Christie. I am a big advocate of exercise and I have recently started on the B-AHEAD 3 trial under Dr Michelle Harvie at Manchester University. I also do a host of repurposed drugs under the Care Oncology Clinic and Professor Dalgleish. I have spent £53,500 of the money raised so far on private treatments.  

The charity Yes to Life is brilliant at raising awareness and I hope that everyone will have access to more drug options in the future. 

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