Louise Ballard maybe known to you as a friend, a sister, a daughter, a granddaughter or a niece, to me she is my partner, the one i love my friend my companion in this journey we call
life, but above all this she is the mother of our 5 week old son Elias. Louise has just been diagnosed with stage 4 secondary breast cancer that has metastasized to her right lung and
that the NHS is limited to what they can do to save her.
Louise was 26 weeks pregnant when she discovered a lump on her right breast, we soon foundout that she has a grade 3 cancer measuring 4.5CM, which is very aggressive. Louise has
hereditary BRACA 1 and BRACA 2 genes, which made her chances of getting cancer higher than the average person, but not at 31 years of age and whilst pregnant with our first child.
Within 2 weeks of being diagnosed with primary breast cancer, Louise was in hospital having surgery. With the removal of her right breast, Louise was offered chemotherapy but the risks were too great because of the harm chemo would have on our baby. After surgery Louise went on to recover and was looking forward to becoming a mummy, thinking that this was now all behind her. On the 22nd December 2016, our amazing, gorgeous son Elias was born, which
was the happiest day of our lives and we couldn't be prouder parents.
Due to the surgery breastfeeding became complicated with the removal of her right breast, this was devastating to Louise as this was so important to her start to motherhood. Very soon after Elias was born Louise was able to have CT Scans but up until this point we remained positive
that the cancer had been completely removed, and we went on to looking forward to a brighter future as a family.
On the 16th January 2017, Louise’s scan result had arrived and we arrange an appointment
with The Conquest hospital to meet with Louise’s oncologist. Sitting in the consultation room and hearing the terrible news which was being told to Louise that the cancer had returned and had spread to her lungs, and she is now at stage 4 incurable cancer.
I will never forget when Louise asked if she was going to die and the oncologist said “yes”.
Since that day these words have echoed round my mind everyday.
Although this was the worst news we could possibly receive, I am not prepared to sit back and
watch this consume the love of my life. The NHS have offered Louise FEC T Chemotherapy, but
advised Louise this was no cure but to prolong her life. Through extensive research within the UK and abroad, promising treatments have been discovered with good success rates on people with similar prognoses as Louise.Currently these treatments are not offered by the NHS and some are undergoing clinical trials, and not cost effective to the NHS. We have been supportive of the NHS but I can no longer sit back and watch Louise die, my son to grow up without his mummy when there is alternative
treatment available, i just can't let the outcome of her future be dictated because of money.
We need Help:
These treatments are very expensive, we are a new family without the money to pay for this
desperately needed treatment, we are currently using all of the money we can access, but this
is nowhere near enough and this is completely daunting and impossible to raise this money
without your help.
Louise means the world to me and i know she means nothing to you, but me and our son and
the whole family will be lost without her. I know without you support i can not do this,
therefore please donate, share and spread the word, and help me to save the love of my life.
- Catherine Townley
- Bal Martin
- Rosie Steel
- Bal Martin
- Bal Martin