She has been suffering with chronic pain for over a year now and was fobbed off by doctors and specialists all this time prescribing her stronger painkillers on every visit after an initial mistaken diagnosis of sciatica/piriformis syndrome and totally disregarding all her other symptoms and side effects. There are many tests that would have picked up Arlene's condition yet she was sent for none of them until it was too late! She has been let down by so many professionals in positions of trust so we as her family and friends now want to make sure she gets the treatment and care that she so deserves, and has been so cruelly deprived of. There is little to no options with the NHS, apart from the conventional methods of chemo/radiotherapy, which she was given little to no hope from her oncologist of having any impact on this large complex tumour. At the very best it may contain it from growing and spreading more and hopefully relieve some of her excruciating pains.
She is now on her fourth week of an intense 5 days a week, 5 week programme of radiotherapy treatments and chemotherapy, as she had no other options at this point, and like so many other unfortunate people who receive this intensely damaging treatment know, there are so many other painful side effects on top of the pain already present.
After this initial treatment is over she has to wait for a further 8 weeks to have her follow up scans and receive the subsequent news on what if anything this treatment outcome is. We were told not to hold much hope, but hope is all we have and we will never lose that. However if this news ends up being what they are leading us to believe it will be then Arlene will have no choice but to go for private alternative treatments outwith the UK, with options available in Europe and the United States.
The treatments we have researched and are told would be available to Arlene are extremely expensive and like most of people in our position, we are not in a position to be able to afford them. Also in line with her conventional treatment Arlene is currently doing all she can to fight this with natural methods, including supplements, vitamins, oils, juicing, detoxing, the list is endless. This huge lifestyle change is also expensive to maintain.
So we are now in a situation where we are trying to raise as much funds as possible for Arlene to have the best chance possible at fighting this and to give her the quality of life that she so deserves.
Those of you who know Arlene don’t need to be told this but for those who don’t know her, she is the most loving, caring and considerate mum to her two wee boys and does absolutely everything for them to ensure they are happy and feel loved.
Arlene was also enjoying working with children who all adored her, but is now unable to work due to the high levels of pain she is in daily.
She is a very loving mum, partner, daughter, sister, auntie, niece, cousin and close friend to so many and everyone wants to help make life easier for her and her boys.
We are raising funds to help assist Arlene in her battle against the big C so anyone with fundraising ideas of their own that can be shared with us please do so on our facebook page Arlene Mitchell fundraising page.
Please help in any way possible as every penny counts and is very much appreciated.
Please also keep Arlene in your prayers as she takes on this extremely difficult journey.
Thank you so much in advance on behalf of Arlene and her family.
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