Jessi was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma (metastatic skin cancer), age 39, the day after the first UK COVID lockdown was announced last Spring. After undergoing major surgery, fertility preservation treatment (IVF) and cancer treatment (immunotherapy) – a treatment that made her so unwell they were forced to stop it very early - the cancer recurred in her leg after just five months. Further surgery and multiple scans and invasive tests followed and, just before the second lockdown and despite all the previous efforts, these tests confirmed the cancer had aggressively spread to her lungs and lymph nodes, making her stage 4 melanoma.
There is no stage 5.
Getting 'Cancer in the time of COVID' (her blog title!) has been a particularly cruel twist of fate - keeping Jessi (who lives alone) apart from those who could support her the most, when she needs it the most.
She has also lost her income, having used up all her NHS sick leave.
Jessi is about to start intensive treatment with dual immunotherapy that, due to its toxicity and her other health conditions, may leave her hospitalised and permanently unable to care for herself…and with no guarantee that it will actually save her life.
I want to help raise some money to support Jessi during this frightening and overwhelming time... please give what you can, I know every penny, and every good wish, will feel like a much-needed drop of sunshine in Jessi's life right now.
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