Hi, my name is Lisa Standen and I'm 36 years old, this is my story...
In 2016 I had the joy of being pregnant with a beautiful little girl whom we named Summer. Throughout my pregnancy in 2016 I had many complications and was diagnosed with placenta Abrubtion which in dangered my own born baby as well as my life. I managed to carry my little girl until I went into natural labour at 25 weeks +6. She was tiny! Summer was born in Kings Hospital London due to being so premature. She spent 9 days there until she got transfered down to Medway Maritime Hospital. Summer was doing ever so well with her progress in the NICU until she came to Medway Hospital where she was misdiagnosed with Sepsis. My little girl Summer grew her wings at just 19 days old, this broke me into a million pieces and I knew my life would never be the same again.
Under 4 weeks from having lost my beautiful Summer, I found a lump on my left breast, I was sent for a biopsy and awaited the shocking news of 7 days later being told I had triple negative, grade 3 breast cancer! This awful news destroyed me and my family, but I stayed positive and knew that I would fight through it. I had my first operation to remove the tumor in December 2016 and a second operation in Febuary for a full left side masectomy, lymph node removal and a reconstruction using back muscle along with a implant. I then started my chemotherapy which was named FEC-T, it was such a hard time to travel through alongside my 3 beautiful children - Mia who was 5, Isabelle who was 3 and Alfie who was 2. I couldn't cope with all of my treatments due to being in a very emotional place at this time after the loss of my little girl, so in Sep 17 my treatments came to an end and I was sent for radiotherapy.
This finshed my treatment and I was given a new beginning in my life to spend with my family and children surrounding me, who all supported me throughout it all.
I managed to have my first mammogram in the following year which came back all clear! I was in remission for the next 5 years until I would be told the fantastic news of being in the 'clear' from this dreadful life-changing disease.
In the Dec of 2017 I was so lucky to announce that I was pregnant with a rainbow baby! This news was the best thing that I had recieved in the past 2 years after such a hurrendous journey through breast cancer and being told that I may be unable to have anymore children just 1 year prior to this.
In June 2018 my son Lewis was born at 30 weeks +2 weighing just 3lbs 6oz - he was just perfect in every single way. He spent 6 weeks in NICU in Pembury Hospital and eventually came home to meet his sister's and brother. At long last after everything in my life was perfect and I had everything I had ever dreamed of.
In August 2018 I stafted having pains in my chest around my collar bone on my left side. I arranged a appointment with my consultant/surgeon in Maidstone Hospital. I was told after a check up and a ultra sound that I had inflamed chest tissue, I was also refered to The Cronic Pain Department to manage the pain. As the months passed me by I noticed swelling and more pain which reduced me to tears many times. I continued for many months to control it with painrelief which never worked.
In November 2018 I found out that I was 6 weeks pregnant. To add to this story in March I found a new lump on the bottom of my left breast where I had originally had a full masectomy. I was sent for another ultra sound where it was announced I had inflamed chest tissue and fluid within that tissue. The sonograph told me she had never seen anything quite like it and was rather concerned. She then took a biopsy from the top of my left breast and ahain I was left 7 days worrying if my cancer had returned. Whilst awaiting these results at just 17 weeks +4 I was told my waters had broke and I would give birth to my baby within days. On the 10th March I gave birth to the most perfectly formed little girl whom we called Angel. My 2 daughters are now at peace and together.
On Thursday 14th March I was given the results of my biopsy and it wasn't the news I wanted to hear... the cancer is back!
On the 18th March I had a full body CT scan, then Tuesday 19th I had a full body bone scan. That Wednesday 20th I saw my oncologist who told me that my triple negative grade 3 breast cancer had returned. It's shown to be in my chest bone, my lungs and my liver! I ran out of that room in tears and absolute heartache. This news stopped my world from spinning round, I was absolutely broken.
I'm now at the point, 8 days past the news of the results where I have had no choice but to accept this terrible, life changing news. I'm 2 weeks away from starting my treatment on a newly released trial drug called immunotherapy and a chemotherapy called nab-paclataxial. My disease is incurable but manageable, for how long no one knows.
I'm now trying to raise money to take my kids to Disney land Paris to make their dreams come true