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Laura Sweeting

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Raised by 173 people in 6 months
Created May 29, 2018
Neo & friends
on behalf of Laura Sweeting

Laura Sweeting is a much loved colleague and more importantly friend of Neo's, having worked with us twice over the past 10 years. Laura has always lead her life at full throttle - from biking, swimming, surfing, skiing and even running a marathon last year (with no training!!). 

On Dec 27th 2017, Laura was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour and had brain surgery to remove it in January 2018, causing 40% loss in vision. This didn't stop her getting back on her bike and out running, and even skiing again within 2 months!

Unfortunately, her first MRI scan after surgery revealed that the tumour has grown back already. Laura now faces another operation plus chemo and radiotherapy, and potential further loss of sight. 

Neo and friends are fundraising to assist in Laura's treatment and ensure she can continue to stay in Bristol where her treatment is planned. 

In the spirit of how Laura leads her life, we will be running a number of different events:
- our MD (Matt Nash) paving  the way by having his hair shaved off
- we have a Neo team running the London North Half Tough Mudder in July ( https://toughmudder.co.uk/events/2018-london-north-half)
- our PA Josephine has cooked cakes and lunches to sell every Friday in June
- a cake sale on July 9th
- garage sale mid-July
- team running a virtual runathon (each member running 50miles/80km over July)

Also a big thanks to Laura's Manchester media network, who are also supporting our fundraising efforts with the MPA annual charity bike ride being in support of Laura this year - more info on the link below:
http://www.mpa.org.uk/insight/blog/mpa-charity-bike-ride-6th-september

Please follow Laura's example - get involved and give generously to support our very own Yorkshire rose

Thank you!

MPA bike ride
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Virtual Runathon Team
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Tough Mudder Team
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Update: Matt's new haircut. Thank you Matt!
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The support shown here has been overwhelming, and left me somewhat speechless over the past few months.

To bring everyone up to date...

The second surgery at the end of May went really well. 9 hours of digging around in my brain and there was no evidence of visible tumour left, an incredible achievement by my brilliant, brilliant surgeons.

They were so aggressive it meant I lost further sight- I’m officially at 50% now and so legally partially sighted, But, free bus pass- silver linings!

After a few weeks of recovery, radiotherapy started. This didn’t hit me physically as the doctors thought it would, something I put down to weekly acupuncture and the fact I managed to keep pretty active throughout, but it did take 70% of my hair, a‘spectacularly unlucky’ reaction according to the (bald) consultant.

Mate, you have no idea.

The scans from pre radio (12 weeks post surgery) were clear ,at that point last time the tumour was back, so we’re now heading into chemo- keep hitting any remaining cells. (This type of tumour is never eradicated, it’s diffused into my brain, we’re just doing the best clean up job possible)

It’s 6 rounds of 6 weeks and only requires 6 hospital visits, on day one of each round, then it’s a tablet a day. Not so bad, until you do the maths and realise it’s 9 months of no Brie, no marmite, no prawns and no ‘cut the crusts off it’s probably fine’ bread. So basically pregnancy without the presents.

All the (frowned upon) rehab over the past year has served me well so far, so we’ll keep plodding on, hopping on the bike when the sight is good, pulling on the trainers when it’s less good, and eating chocolate oranges, yes, multiple, on the days when it’s terrible.

10 months down, 10 to go

FFS

I thought it was a hangover ™️


If you want to keep up with the main parts of the story and some of the thoughts that run through a mind in this situation via the medium of generally poor photography you can find me on insta. If you hate cycling, running or blue skies, I wouldn’t bother. That’s all I post.

On the plus side my niece is super cute and you won’t see multiple photos of hospitals and the like- it’s the most highlighted highlight reel on social media.

But I have a brain tumour, so you can’t judge me .

Thanks, love and combover kisses to all xx
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£6,120 of £5,000 goal

Raised by 173 people in 6 months
Created May 29, 2018
Neo & friends
on behalf of Laura Sweeting
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