On 1st December 2016, i was diagnosed with stage IV cervical cancer with liver and lymph node metastasis, which is incurable. I had palliative radiotherapy in December and started the first round of chemotherapy on the 21st December. Following several reactions to one of the drugs, I could no longer have this, but the one I continued to have 6 sessions of worked in the best way shrinking all areas of the cancer.
However, In may 2017 I suffered two seizures, Being told this has since spread to my brain was heartbreaking. I was given gamma knife treatment immediately and on the 21st June I start a new course of chemotherapy.
I have thrown myself into raising awareness of cervical cancer and raising as much money as i can to have something to focus on, keep my mind active and obviously to hopefully prevent someone from going through the same hell as myself in the future.
I am raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Centre Appeal, which is supported at St James hospital, Bexley Wing where I am being treated. Here all the staff have so far been amazing on my heartbreaking journey.
Since diagnosis I have done interviews for BBC Look North as well as various local radio stations. My main focus was to host a fundraising event on 4th February (World Cancer Day).
I have done this, with great success, with help from family, friends, local and national companies as well as strangers. I have so far raised a spectacular amount but my aim is to keep on going. Not only is this a great cause, the YCC offer me huge support along this journey, as well as supporting my family and close friends. The focus I have on these fundraising events is also keeping my spirits high and giving me focus on life beyond cancer.
I am inspired to repeat similar events to continue to raise money and awareness for such a great charity whilst I am still able to do so.
My next event is taking place on Saturday 2nd September 2017, at the Crooked Billet in Saxton.
Please check out my Facebook page #lizsjourney
Yorkshire Evening Post are interested in featuring #lizfest in their publication.
Along this journey I have already sacrificed many things I never thought I'd be without at my age, and any help and support to raise money for the charity that is supporting me would be great. Ultimately awareness to such a horrible disease is my main aim.
Any donation however large or small would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks to everyone for their continued support.
Raising money and awareness for Yorkshire Cancer Centre because No one deserves to live the nightmare
We raise funds to support patients at Leeds Cancer Centre
Charity Registration No. 1170369