My incredibly strong, vibrant and loving cousin Jaelle, at the age of just 23, has been diagnosed with stage 3c cervical cancer after being misdiagnosed 4 times.
She first started to notice something was very wrong back in March with constant heavy bleeding and passing fist sized clots. It wasn’t until June that she was given the diagnosis of cancer when the doctors at the hospital in Barbados decided to give her a smear test.
Initially being told she was at stage 2b meant that she would have to seek treatment off the island as the healthcare system is not sufficiently equipped to treat that stage of cervical cancer.
Jaelle lived with my family and I at our house in North London from the age of 3-11 so when she was given the option of coming to London for treatment and then the go ahead from her health insurance we had her on a plane within a week!
I wish I could tell you it’s been plain sailing since then. Jaelle was staged as a 3c when she got to England meaning the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in her stomach and pelvis too and was told it would not be possible to have any fertility saving treatment. This means she will never be able to have children and will also be forced into early menopause. Along side this after initially being told a certain percentage of her treatment would be covered by her insurance Jaelle has had to postpone the start date of her chemo and radiotherapy to raise even more money than was anticipated.
These obstacles have had a HUGE impact on not only her mental health but her physical health too.
Her anxiety is through the roof.
She has to force herself to eat.
And she is constantly in pain.
Every day that goes by without treatment is another day of Jaelle actively dying when she wants, so badly, to LIVE!
We need to raise £100,000 in total to cover the cost of 2 rounds of chemotherapy, 1 round of radiotherapy and 1 round of brachytherapy (internal radiation) and will cover the costs of all scans, blood tests and consultant fees. This course of treatment will give her a 70% chance of survival.
Thank you so SO much for all the donations, support and love that we have received so far! Jaelle is beyond grateful to everyone that has reached out to help! Please keep sharing this page as the fight is not over yet!
HELP JAELLE SMASH THE LIFE OUT OF CANCER!!!!
To follow her journey is slightly more detail you can follow @teaandaspliff over on Instagram! The podcast is soon to follow.
Love and light!