Cancer Free!!!!!!

This is my partner Chelsea..... :)

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Not the hairy one on the right...that's me.......Stunning isn't she? A natural beauty.

We met each other at work - we both worked in the NHS. Unfortunately for some reason or other Chelsea fell in love with me(I mean can't say I blame her but nevertheless still unfortunate).
We dated for a few months, texted each other constantly and fell asleep on the phone together every other night, our poor phone bills. All that was and still is on my mind nowadays is how can a woman be so perfect? 
When Chelsea worked night shifts in the hospital I use to get out of bed at 2/3 o'c lock in the morning and go and meet her for her lunch break - needy I know but I just wanted to see her! We have been inseparable ever since.  

Chelsea had some great news that she had got accepted into University, to train to be a Paramedic and commence the course on the 17th of February 2020. I was so excited and so proud of her - She is so smart! I on the other hand forget why I go into different rooms in our house. We are perfect!
51708860_1601983778712138_r.jpegIt has been a lifelong ambition for her to become qualified and I love seeing her so passionate and engaged in doing something that she loves.

Since I've known Chelsea, she has had a lump on her clavicle. She had visited the Doctors before about it and they put it down to either muscle strain or just a little bit of fluid build up - so we carried on as normal (normal for us) but we noticed that it had got bigger over time. Chelsea started to get very fatigued during the days, again we thought there must be a reasonable explanation for this too - ('Must be because you have been doing night shifts recently').
Anyway, a few days after getting the news of getting into University, Chelsea started to develop night sweats - at first we put this down to hormones and a terrible duvet choice we had made - but then with the combination of the three we thought we had better go and see a Doctor. 
The Doctor requested an Ultrasound on the clavicle lump. Whilst having the ultrasound she noticed that instead of looking at the lump on the clavicle they concentrated on looking and inspecting her neck. 
Any who, a few days passed and Chelsea was asked to go for a biopsy. Both of us having worked in the NHS we know about some of the procedures and how and why they do them. This now started to get us both a little concerned.....

The biopsy was awful for Chelsea but she knew it was necessary. Now came the worst part - waiting for the results. 

Whilst waiting for the results - Coronavirus had then began spreading worldwide (Challenging and scary for all). Chelsea had also just started uni, a very exciting and special time for her! ......She is so smart. (so proud - sorry)

When she had the call to come into the hospital and was told she should bring someone with her - we knew what to expect. However you don't think it will ever happen to you...Nahhhh Chelsea can't have Cancer she is too young at the age of 24! These sort of things won't happen to us (wishful thinking and naivety). Cancer can unfortunately affect us all. 

Chelsea was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma on the 5th of March - when graded she was put at Stage 4B. It spread from her neck down and onto her lungs round her sides and some just above her bladder.

She was told that she could freeze her eggs if she ever wanted to have children again as the risk of the treatment courses will majorly affect her fertility. This was all such a massive shock to us both that one moment Chelsea is starting University and planning her life - the next her whole world is turned upside down. We travelled back and forth from Addenbrookes Hospital for nearly six weeks as Chelsea had decided that she wanted to go through with the egg freezing. I injected Chelsea every night with different Hormone medication (luckily for her I use to be a Trained Phlebotomist - so I was use to drawing blood and stabbing people with needles).
51708860_1601983879354999_r.jpegAfter the emotional rollercoaster fertility treatment had finally ended - they allowed Chelsea to commence Chemotherapy. 

As a woman of 24 years old Chelsea was very concerned about loosing her hair. I tried to support her emotionally throughout all of this, kept reassuring her that she is gorgeous and no matter what happens she has me to lean on for support - but still it is not the best thing to go through. 

We were told that Chelsea would have to do Six months of Chemotherapy and if it does not work then they will progress to radiotherapy/ surgery. Chelsea had a Central Line surgically put into her chest to go into her heart. 51708860_1601983966354841_r.jpeg
First Chemotherapy treatment commenced (ABVD)- unfortunately I was not allowed to sit in the hospital with her she had to sit on her own due to Coronavirus restrictions - there were strictly no visitors allowed. So Chelsea bravely sat there for 5 hours going through her treatment alone. I waited in the car park and took her home afterwards, she seemed to take it in her stride not showing any affects but was just tired. We thought great! No side affects!

Second Treatment commenced - Chelsea was really motivated by this point just to get on and deal with the treatment after having a good first round battle with Cancer! She was feeling really positive and emotionally strong. However this one had a big impact on her body- she was feeling sick and being sick when she came home, emotionally drained and we had noticed that she had started to loose her hair. 

So we shaved Chelsea's hair off!
51708860_1601984076911257_r.jpegI'm not going to upload the video for the hair shaving as it was very emotional. 

She is a tough cookie - but the emotional support was there for her if she needed it through great trusts like;

Little princess trust (For helping her get a wig)
Clic Sargent (For helping her with emotional support)
Louise Hamilton Centre (Our local hospital treatment centre) 
And all the staff in the NHS.

Unfortunately the treatments only got worse from here onwards. Chelsea developed Peripheral Neuropathy in her feet - which meant that she couldn't drive and she couldn't walk further then 20 metres as it was just too painful. Some nights I carried her up to bed as she wasn't able to make the stairs on her own.
51708860_1601984219938332_r.jpegShe was then admitted to the hospital as the Central Line they had put into her heart had given her sepsis. She stayed in hospital for a few days and recovered well after they removed the line. 

It has now come to the end of her treatment and thankfully she did not need to go to any higher treatment levels. We was informed that Chelsea is not showing any more signs of Cancer however they still want to do one more treatment to make sure. She finishes the treatment on the 8th/10/2020 and I wanted to do something nice for her and raise awareness for Hodgkin's Lymphoma and the affect that Cancer can have on all people, and for young people to know that support is out there - as we did struggle at times and we don't know what the future holds for our health. 
51708860_160198503564656_r.jpegThis is us today. 

If you would like please feel free to raise funds to help towards Hodgkin's lymphoma awareness and let's try and kick it's ass. 

Thankyou


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Kurtis Grimmette 
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Lowestoft, East of England, United Kingdom
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