On Tuesday 18th December 2012 she was diagnosed with a rare Cancer, Sarcoma, specifically Synovial Sarcoma first found in her foot. The tumour was so large it was comparable to a tin of beans. Sarah has Hypochondroplasia- dwarfism, so naturally has small feet, being a size 4, the tumour covered her foot and made it incredibly painful to walk if possible on some days. At the stage and size the tumour was at, the only things the doctors could do was to amputate the foot. On Tuesday 25th December, Christmas morning, Sarah fell sick and called mum to take her to the hospital. There she went from feeling unwell to a critical, life threatening situation. She had contracted Meningococcal Septicaemia. Meningitis and blood poisoning. The family spent Christmas Day saying goodbye to Sarah who we were told by doctors was dying in the ICU. She was in a critical position for days until she had the strength to breathe for herself and come back from near death.
During this time her blood was only circulating the important things that were keeping her alive, her organs. Leaving her limbs with no blood flow. Because of the lack of blood, they slowly began to die. On the 17th January both her legs were amputated.
During her time in hospital Sarah suffered from everything from a stroke, to multiple infections, skin grafts, her body rejecting help etc to all the small things in between. She was in hospital for a year. Due to the Meningococcal Septicaemia, Sarah also had to have her right arm amputated, the arm which she used as her writing hand, her dominant hand. Also amputated, the thumb of her left hand and the tips of her remaining fingers. Moving into the neuro-rehabilitation unit she remained there until ready and stable to walk on prosthetic legs.
After a very long and gruelling stay in hospital, we finally had Sarah back. The hospital appointments never stopped, always going to Manchester, Preston or Leeds- sometimes even further just to get seen to. Never seemed to stop.
What we feared had happened. A scan of her chest revealed that her Sarcoma had made a return. Sarcoma is a Cancer that has a very high chance of returning. Once Sarcoma gets to the organs there is very little that can be done. A terminal prognosis was given. Sarah was given months to live. Only 9 months previous, a scan of her chest shows clear with no signs of any Cancers, now they are covered in clusters of Sarcoma tumours. The Sarcoma has also been found at the base on her neck travelling down her spinal cord, her stump all the up to her bum, the brain and has been found in both of her lungs. The rapid state at which the Cancer is growing is heartbreaking.
She’s has been given very little time to live. After loosing her limbs she had to move back home with her mum into a modified house. Even when she had good days, walking around in her prosthetic legs taking her little brother or sister out, her Rheumatoid Arthritis would ache her bone. One of her other health problems, SLE, Asthma, flatfoot. Only 27 years old and has been told this is where her life is ending. She hasn’t had the chance to do the things she wanted, go to Rome, have children. And now she won’t get those chances.
So help us make these last few weeks of Sarah’s life the best we can. Allow us to bring joy into her life and please donate. Unfortunately, we as a family are in the situation where we are planning her funeral with her. If you got to choose your funeral arrangements would you want just anything? Please support us. Please support Sarah. She’s been through so much in her life. If this story has touched you share it on. Any donation that can be made would be amazing and we thank you so much! We are so grateful for any amount of money you could give to help our family at this time ❤️
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