OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE
Live video from Cameron:
Diagnosed with a year to live Cameron has started chemo tablets and is doing her best to continuing living life to the fullest! Donations are continuing to go towards alternative therapies and helping her fulfil her dreams, thank you all for your support.
This is my gorgeous friend Cameron, shortly after giving birth to two beautiful girls high AFP blood levels raised the alarm that the cancer she had when she was a child had potentially returned 18 years later due to the hormones that started in her first pregnancy in 2015.
I have started this page to raise awareness about her story in the hope that it inspires others going through a cancer diagnosis and help support Cameron and her family as they go through this difficult time.
Here I share her story...
Meet Cameron, she's my best friend, a wonderful mother to her girls, a recording artist, performer, mixologist, professional bra fitter hell she’s even tried pole dancing and belly dancing! She’s an all-round inspirational woman and there isn’t much she hasn’t done or tried in her short life. Singing, dancing, songwriting, recording in the studio and performing on stage is what she lives for! Her mission is to inspire others with her story of hope at a time when it seems so much in the world is uncertain.
She currently has six tumours all in different places of the liver meaning that an operation isn’t available at this time and her AFP levels are still too high to make a liver transplant an option. Cameron has been through her first treatment which was a theatre procedure called TACE (transarterial chemoembolization) to directly target the arteries of the cancer cells and restrict their blood supply. We now have to wait six weeks for another CT to confirm the results of the treatment. She may have to travel to Birmingham to be seen by a liver specialist.
At 10 years old Cameron was given a month to live after being diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma which had spread across ¾ of her liver. It was unheard of that a child would survive this type of cancer and the doctors told her mum and dad that she had just one month to live as they didn’t believe her young body would cope with more than two chemotherapy treatments.
As any parents would do they confirmed they wanted to go ahead with the treatment which she received for a year in total. This meant she would lose her hair which in her eyes was her biggest fear. She was never told the extent of what was happening just that she had a sore tummy and she was going to get better soon. Her parents told the family that only positivity was allowed around her hospital bedroom.
Alongside the traditional methods of treatment, her parents were open to anything and took her to see a medical herbalist in Perth called Jacqueline Calder. Jacqueline gave her a variety of herbs picked and prescribed specifically for her type of cancer.
Cameron also had a variety of alternative therapy sessions such as reflexology, aromatherapy massage, feet detox but mostly reiki healing sessions which gave her the energy boost she needed to cope with her chemotherapy treatments.
After the first six months of chemotherapy, Cameron had to travel to Birmingham to have a lifesaving operation which would remove the ¾ of her liver that was cancerous. Again the doctors stated that they did not think she would survive the trip or the operation however she pulled through after spending two weeks in intensive care. She is a fighter and always will be! As a miracle survival case, her liver was sent around the world for testing.
The doctors around the world find this case one in a million as this type of cancer is relatively rare and is most commonly found in cases in Asia and Africa and doesn’t have a very high success rate. Cameron clearly survived so that she could sing and that's exactly what she's done!
Surviving such a horrible disease at such a young age gave Cameron the strength and positivity to become the woman she is today. Over many years she has sung and danced for so many great causes and is literally living her dream of singing.
Highlights of her career are travelling to London for singing lessons with David Grant (Fame Academy), visiting Abbey Road Studios, dancing in the Opening Ceremony of 2012 London Olympics, flying to Nairobi, Kenya to perform, supporting X Factor winner Sam Bailey, supporting 2016 X Factor contestants Ryan Lawrie and Emily Middlemas and performing with Aberdeen dance group JM Fierce.
In her early career, she released a solo single and a covers album with girl band ‘Heaven Scent’ in aid of Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust and released a covers album in aid of C.L.A.N who provided support throughout her remission.
Since then she released a single 'Where Will We Run' in aid of water charity ‘Just A Drop’ and recently invested her own money into writing, recording and releasing her own EP ‘Fearless’ on CD independently.
Even though she was told that she probably wouldn't live long enough to have children, Cameron breezed through both pregnancies effortlessly and continued to perform on stage but took a break from recording.
Two beautiful healthy little girls later Cameron spends every day being thankful for her girls and is truly grateful to still be here to make wonderful memories with her partner and their little miracles Aria-Skye and Ivy-Rose both under the age of two.
Like last time Cameron wants to receive alternative healing, buy medicinal herbs, eat and buy healthy organic food and products to aid her treatment but unfortunately, this does not come cheap but she knows it works!
You can see the results from these scan images that doing both alternative and traditional methods of treatment have a positive result! The first image was at diagnosis in January 2000 and the second in July 2000 two weeks before her lifesaving operation.
Throughout everything she manages to laugh out loud every day, smiles constantly and oozes positivity like no-one else I have ever met. A genuine beautiful soul and a ray of sunshine. Over the years she has done so much to support others and various charities and now I want to be the one to support her in her hour of need.
I want her to fulfil her dream of starting her own entertainment business whilst in the meantime making life a little easier for her lovely family. Greg is a loving hardworking partner and continues to support Cameron’s vision, looks after his family to support their needs whilst working six days a week.
I have started this page to raise awareness about her amazing story and help take away the burden of financial worries if Cameron and her family need to travel to Birmingham for meetings or even for another operation.
Thank you for taking the time to read my/her story. She has been overwhelmed with messages of support and this go fund me page will give people a place to show their support, however big or small your help will be greatly appreciated.
A share, a donation, a nice message EVERYTHING is appreciated.
Lots of love Sammy x
You can watch ‘Cameron Jay’s Story’ in connection with C.L.A.N on YouTube here.
Cancer Support Links
Medical Herbalist -
Friends of Anchor -
Camphill Wellbeing Centre - www.camphillwellbeing.org.uk
Aberdeen Wellbeing Centre - www.aberdeenwellbeingcentre.com
The Wellness Hub -
ARCHIE FOUNDATION -
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