I am starting this fundraising for my sister, Leigh, to give her the send off that she deserves due to her life long fight with Cancer, from the age of 4 years old.
It began when Leigh was 4 where she was diagnosed with ovarian Cancer, and a P10 gene which makes her more prone to getting cancer. For about 4 months the hospital was her home, our mum was there everyday with her. As the days passed the doctors became very concerned and didn't believe that she would make it to her 5th birthday. However with her fight and support she beat it and surprised alot of people.
She was then in remission until the age of 18 where a routine mammogram showed a lump on her breast, which doctors said with her gene, it could turn cancerous. So they removed it, and again Leigh was as healthy as she could be.
At the age of 21, she went for her routine check ups and her abdominal scan showed shadows on one of her kidneys. Again this turned out to be cancer, which lead to her having one of her kidneys removed. So for the second time she had beaten cancer.
Leigh was in remission from the age of 21 up until 2018, where her mammogram showed several shadows on her breast. However, Leigh wasn't aware of this until March 2019 as the hospital did not inform her until a year later.
Leigh had to have a double mastectomy in May 2019 to remove the lumps. They also operated and removed lymph nodes. And she started her chemotherapy treatment.
Leigh had many issues with pain and discomfort from the surgeries which resulted in her being in and out of hospital throughout 2020. The hospital performed a full hysterectomy as there where shadows on her womb.
Since October 2020 Leigh was spending 90% of her days in hospital due to her being in so much pain, and was finally told she had liver, bone and endometrial cancer. Finally on 3rd January 2021, a cancer specialist doctor rang me to discuss Leighs illness and confirmed she might have weeks maybe days, as she has deteriorated so quickly and the cancer has now spread to her brain.
I went in to visit leigh on the 8th January, but before I was allowed to see her a doctor took me into a side room and explained that the cancer has virtually took over every part of her body, and it was only a matter of hours maybe days she would survive.
Being told this broke my heart, she is an amazing sister, friend and loving auntie to our 4 children who she doted on. She would always help anyone out when needed and had fought this evil disease several times, however this time it was just to much for her. And soon she can be reunited with our mum once again.
So I would love to give her a send off that she deserves after fighting all these years.
- Lucy Mate
- Jo Barnes
- Darren Drake
- Sharne Lynch-Roberts
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