Help Kate Ann Fight Cancer
Hi, my name is Kate Ann and for the last 6 years I have been living with cancer.
I was diagnosed with Primary Breast Cancer in October 2010, aged 32, just 2 weeks after the birth of my beautiful Daughter Lola. I will never be able to explain how cruel that felt. Being told that the most exciting and precious time of my life, had all of a sudden been overcast with such a dark cloud.
Unfortunately, despite surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and the hope that I had beaten it, my disease returned, and in November 2012 when I was diagnosed with Secondary Breast Cancer affecting my bones, liver and lungs. I have had numerous different drug regimes. Each of them bringing their own form of sickness and fatigue. The treatments aim to stabilise the spread of the disease, but the cancer grows when the drugs stop working. My life is dictated by hospital visits, hostile treatments, unpredictable results, and, more recently, the uncertainty of drug trials.
Whilst all this goes on around me, I am lucky enough to be the proud mummy to my cherished Lola who will be 6 years old in a week, and step-mother to Jake (11) and Izzy (13). Whilst, my partner, Les (“My rock”) has walked step by step, and is the one there behind closed doors to comfort me on those really dark days. Despite my diagnosis feeling like a death sentence without date, I have tried to get on with life, and enjoy whatever time I have with my family.
My latest results on Monday 5th September are what I hoped would never happen. The scan shows drastic progression of the cancer tumours in both size and number, and they now consume 60% of my liver. Without treatment I have been told I will not make it until Christmas. I cannot explain how cheated I feel, and although it has been suggested that I look at stopping treatment so I can make the most of the time I have left, I don’t intend to give up without a fight!
I have come to realise my treatment options within the UK for my Stage 4 Advanced Breast Cancer have come to an end, however, I have also discovered there are many positive drug and treatment options available throughout the rest of the world. During my extensive research I have come across The Hallwang Clinic in Germany. It is one of the best, and is proving to have some amazing results with people in my situation. They have access to all of the latest immunotherapy drugs, and couple this with immune boosting alternative medicine. They demonstrate a far more scientific approach to their treatments than here in the UK. They even talk about remission!!!!!! If this works it will give HOPE to so many people who are living with this devastating disease, that has taken the life of so many friends that I have met on this journey.
I have had my initial consultation, and they are happy to proceed with treatment, however, the approximate cost for the first 12 months will be somewhere in the region of £250,000
I know it is a lot to ask, but I am at a point now where my options are extremely limited, and I am just hoping that with the fund raising my friends are currently doing, I can get on the programme and see my daughter believe in the magic of Christmas one more time, maybe even grow up and get married!!!
I am desperate for your help, so anything you can give will mean the world to me and my Family. I am needed by my children and my partner and I cannot bear to think about them without me.
Thank you so very much.
Please find a link below to the amazing Hallwang Clinic.
Just wanted to let you know that I am still here, alive and kicking all thanks to all you amazing people and the amazing Hallwang Private oncology clinic. Can you believe it is now nearly July 2017!!!!
In September 2016 after a 6 year battle with the disease I was told that It would be unlikely I made Christmas 2016 due to the lack of available drugs on the NHS in the UK and encouraged to book a holiday with my family and enjoy what little time i had left. As you all know i went to Germany and was given HOPE at the Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic with the availability of some of the newest immunotherapy drugs in the world alongside proven conventional treatments, holistic approaches and integrative and alternative approaches.
With the help of my army of supporters who I am eternally grateful for I have been able to have the treatments which have been pretty hardcore at times!!! I can honestly say that the numerous events, random acts of kindness, ongoing donations and words of support have got me through some of my darkest times........... in a nutshell "Keeping Kate has Kept me Going!!!!' thank you everyone.
I have one wish and its to be here as 'Mummy' to my beautiful little girl 'Lola' who will be 7 in September (she was two weeks old when i got diagnosed) and see my beautiful step children Izzy (14) and Jake (12) grow and have lots of fun along the way. Not forgetting growing old with my amazing partner 'Les', my best friend and soul mate! and being there for my fantastic parents and family.
This Shite disease has took away me fulfilling so many of my life ambitions and dreams which is so frustrating and saddens me at times but really only the above matters. Health really is your wealth so to anyone reading this if you are healthy, be grateful and enjoy every moment of every day and love your friends and family. There have been some horrific events recently with the terrorist attacks and the Grenfell tower fire taking so many lives, i have to always think, at least I've had a chance and you amazing people have been there to help me!!!! thank you!!!!
Ok then, so, where am I unto????? what have I got to show for all these visits to Germany and spending around 300K!!
1, I'm ALIVE and I'm enjoying doing activities that I thought were over in september 2016 (running round with Lola and her pony 'Huli' in lead rein classes winning lots of rosettes, taking her to swimming lessons, Ive been back horse riding myself too (my greatest life long passion, i even rode one for an hour, i wasn't even stiff the day after lol!!!!)
2, The tumours in my Liver which has been the main problem area have reduced twice quite considerably and on my last scan remained stable with NO new sites anywhere else in the body (just amazing!!!!!!!)
3, My tumour markers have REDUCED by 70% (this is what the cancer expresses in the blood)
4, My liver enzymes and function have greatly improved.
I think thats it for now. I still have along way to go and I feel very luck that so far my body has coped with the treatments.
The plan now is to keep the cancer under control and also look at how we can try and eliminate more of the tumours in my liver.
I have just got back from a short visit to the clinic in Germany to have my peptide vaccine boosters. These are personalised to my cancer and the idea of them is to train my immune system to fight my cancer using different receptors which were found through the extensive testing that I had at the start of my journey.
Initially along with other treatment, I have been having these peptide vaccines monthly for the first 5/6 months, I have just had my three month booster which has just cost me 30K.
To continue the treatment I will need to increase my target to £400,000 which should cover me for the next 12 months as I am due to have a peptide vaccine every 3 months, these will eventually go to 6 months and then 12 month periods.
I look at this and think, its just bonkers, but what price can I really put on my life and being there for my family!! we've come this far I need to continue and hopefully one day I may even get into remission.
I hope you will all continue to support me, i had a fabulous meeting with friends from Birchall food services who have continued to support me throughout this along with many others running a variety of fundraisers and we pencilled in three amazing events in the diary - watch this space!!!!! Everyone needs a party!!!
This weekend they are running a tea and cakes stall at Barrowford Lifestyle festival - Saturday 1st July, so please come along and support this amazing event and look out for the not for profit Tea and cakes stall hosted by Birchall Food Services raising money for 'Keeping Kate'
and don't miss our Family fun night on the 8th July at Key Street in Clitheroe, everyone welcome, we have an amazing Band arranged for the night alongside a raffle and something to entertain the children.
Our events have been amazing so if anyone fancies helping me and running an event over the coming months or year I'd be so grateful or even doing a sponsored personal challenge for me I will love you forever!!
Please keep supporting me
Lots of Love
Kate Anne, Les, Lola and family xxxxxxxxxxx
I just wanted to give you all another update!!!! On the back of my recent scans that showed that the tumours in my liver were shrinking and everywhere else is stable or healing (remember it's my liver that was the organ which was likely to start failing as it had a tumour burden of 60%)
I've now had some more great news today as I recover from a procedure that targets the liver directly in frankfurt.
When I started this journey my Tumour markers were 1019 on the 3rd November 2016, anything below 25 is normal...... yes they were very high!!!!
We had some great results quite early out had to change treatments for various reasons, anyhow it all looks like it is working well as my tumour markers are at 384!!!!!
that's a 62% reduction in tumour markers since I started!!!! (Tumour markers are taken through the blood as it what the tumours expresses) .... together with the scan (which is the most clear indication)
So it's took just less than 5 months to get to this point and now I get very little from the UK NHS other than scans and blood tests and it's cost well over 200K, it sounds a lot I know but is there really a price on life and being there for my family and my beautiful little 'lola' xxxxxx
I just wanted to say a huge huge thankyou to everyone who has donated and ran events to help me. This is were your money has gone! You are helping save a life!
I've got a few events coming up which have been organised by more amazing people, but if anyone can donate I would be eternally grateful and ideas of fund raising or even if someone wants to take on a personal challenge this summer and wants to raise money for a cause, I would be so grateful xxxxxxx
Once again thankyou, my lord I love the bones of you all xxxx
Love kate Anne, Les and Lola xxxxxx
I am absolutely over the moon and so so grateful to let you all know that my scan today (8 weeks since the last one and just over 4 months ago since we started treatment in germany) showed that I have had further reduction in the cancer tumours in my liver and there are NO new sites or progression which shows once again that we have got a hold on the cancer and not only that it is still reducing!!!!!!!!!!!!
Im sorry I'm abit late telling you all but after leaving the hospital, we went to pick our beautiful 'lola' up, love seeing that beaming smile when i pick her up!!! I know everyone feels like that, but back of my mind I do think, if it wasn't for the goodness of you amazing people who have dug deep and supported me, I may be too unwell to do it or worse than that, not even here to do it!!!!!!!! (its now 6 months on from being told there was a chance i would not see christmas), I've made spring!! I then took Lola to an acting class that i found after she said she wanted to be on TV and have acting lessons, lol!!!! and then fitted in parents evening in-between to find out how happy she was at school, had lots of friends and was enjoying working with numbers now, at last, she's took an interest in something academic. I'm telling you this because just to be able to do this and be there for her means the absolute world to me and once again thats down to you guys.
Oh my, oh my, I can't tell you how happy i am....I really wish I had time to celebrate but I'm off to Germany again tomorrow on a 36 hour round trip on my own to have Avastin (a treatment which has been took off the cancer drugs fund in the UK, apparently its not worth its price tag here)...........
On the back of these results, I now have another scan in three months, just hoping and praying we can keep up the momentum and keep up with the treatment plan, the only thing that stands in my way is money, its such a shame that this is the case but its the be all and end all!!!!
I am now in a position were I have to pay for all the treatment myself in Germany, I have basically exhausted all avenues available in the UK and my cancer has got too clever for the single lines of treatment available here. The treatment I have had is some of the newest in the world alongside older chemotherapies. The immunotherapy to train my own immune system to fight the cancer and halt the growth of it (all very personalised to my own cancer receptors) and chemotherapy get rid of it. This approach is years away from being used in the UK and unfortunately I haven't got the time to wait.
At present I have spent well over £200K. The initial part of the treatment plan was extremely expensive as I was having immunotherapy peptide vaccines once a month for 5 months but now these go to booster periods, 3 months then 6 months, which will obviously not be as costly.
I actually feel embarrassed writing this but I really need your continuing help to carry on treatment. Once we have hit the 250K target I will have to increase it again to ensure I can carry on this potentially life saving treatment.
My one wish is is to be here as a mummy to Lola and with my family and friends, I really have so much to live for and I LOVE LIFE!!!
Once again, I thank you all for the amazing support that you have all shown so far, it really is mind blowing, i feel very lucky!!!!!!!!!
Please, please, please if you can help in anyway with any future fundraising events or ideas please get in touch.......
Lots of Love
Kate Anne, Les and Lola xxxxxx
I know it's been a while but I'm still here and going strong and it's been a busy few months having treatment etc which is all in Germany now as all I could be offered here was a treatment break after my last great results (all down to the hallwang clinic and my amazing oncologist)......
Anyhow, please say a few prayers for me tonight as I get my scan results tomorrow. Remember I was told that without a successful treatment it would be unlikely I made Christmas, because of you guys I'm here............. I owe you all so much xxxx
Thankyou once again for all your support it means the absolute world, fingers crossed it's all positive and I can charge on eliminating this heart breaking disease.
Love Kate Anne xxxxxx
Hi Kate I have stage 4 breast cancer and I've been fighting this since 2009. I have two children and I have been determined to see my son start high school ( and I saw him finish high school this year!) I've seen my daughter start high school and she's now in year 8. I m clinging on hoping I see her finish high school but it's a big ask. I feel cheated. I wanted to grow old with my partner and see my grandchildren.....and it's hard to accept that will not happen. I'm intrigued to hear about the clinic in Germany. I hope u get the funds to start your treatment . I'm in Westhoughton so not so far away from you xxx
A fantastic evening had at the launch of The Barn Skin Clinic, Burnley raising funds for Kate, thanks to all who attended and donated to this worthy cause. Please check out my Facebook page for the latest amazing introductory facial and beauty offers. Facebook.com/thebarnskinclinic or call Mandy on 07817739401.
I hope everything goes well for you and family xxx
Dan. Our heart breaks for you and your family . Donna n anna.xx
Hi Kate, That is amazing, so pleased for you and the family. Fingers crossed for even better results very soon. x
As I close my eyes to pray every night, my only prayer request is that God will heal you speedily. I wish you quick recovery! helpuncleprostate
Amazing!!! Go girl!! Best news ever, well done!! Xxx
Amazing news. Just brilliant xx
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