Laura's Fight Cancer Fund
We have been friends with Laura for nearly 30 years. She is 34 years old and is mum to a beautiful baby girl, Maya (9 months). Laura is originally from Kilmovee, a small village in County Mayo, Ireland and now lives in Jersey with her husband Karl and their daughter Maya. Laura already suffers from MS but unfortunately in March of this year after undergoing tests, doctors found a cancerous tumour in her leg. Laura was later diagnosed with a form of cancer called Leiomyosarcoma. Living in Jersey means Laura, Karl and Maya have had to travel to Southampton for intensive chemotherapy treatment. Laura has just received the devastating news that the chemotherapy has not worked, the tumour in her leg has grown and the cancer has spread to her pelvis and her back. The doctors have said Laura has only 2 years to live , "if she is lucky " as there is no treatment now available to her on the NHS (despite their best efforts).
We need substantial fund raising to acquire specialist treatment to help give Laura, Karl and Maya a future together. It is becoming increasingly difficult for Karl to continue working full time, putting a huge financial burden on them - keeping up with rent, bills, looking after Maya, etc. Laura should have the best possible chance to fight this cancer however this will not be possible without financial support. Laura has a heart of gold and we know she would do the same for anyone who would find themselves in the same situation.
Please help us to help our best friend. If we can get this message to as many people as possible no matter how small a donation every penny will go towards supporting Laura, Karl & Maya in a situation that is beyond tragic and allow them hope of finding a future together.
Michelle and Elaine
It is with a heavy heart that we have to let you all know that sadly Laura passed away on Monday morning in her home with her family by her side.
We want to thank you all for you amazing and generous donations.
Thank you for all the kind messages and support. Laura was so lucky to be loved by so many and she will be greatly missed. For now all we can do is offer our support and love to Karl and Maya. Xx
I’m sorry this update has taken so long but life has been both hectic and stressful the last few months.
It seems like such a long time ago now but Christmas was wonderful this year, all Karl’s family came from Ireland and Scotland and spent over a week with us in Jersey, it was so lovely to have everyone over and Maya loved all the attention! Unfortunately this was around the same time I could feel myself deteriorating and the pain was becoming quite unbearable so I knew we really had to make a decision on where I would go for treatment. It’s one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make; this is my life on the line and I may not get a second chance. After a lot of research we chose to come to Oasis of Hope in Tijuana, Mexico.
My gut and having talked to people that had treatment there told me this was the right place to go to.
Karl, Maya and I flew to Mexico on my Birthday, the 1st March. It was hard work getting there, me on crutches and a very active toddler. Poor Karl had his hands full!
I had a few different treatments, including IV Vit C, ozone therapy and Dendritic Cell Therapy.
Here is the link if you want to see more about the treatments I had.
Treatment went well but it will be mid June when I have my next PET scan and only then we will know how effective treatment has been.
We came back from Mexico the end of March and were just back for a couple of days before we had to repack and head for Ireland!
This wasn’t ideal timing but two of our good friends were getting married and my very good friends were also home from Australia and various places so I was adamant to be there!
Ashley and Paddy’s wedding was amazing, she was the most beautiful bride and it made my heart happy to be surrounded by so many people that I love so dearly.
We stayed with my brother Darren, my sister in law, Paula and my beautiful little niece Faye and it was so lovely to be with them and have lots of cuddles with my gorgeous niece. We had time with my mum, dad, aunties, uncles, cousins and my lovely Nana who never stops praying for me.
We had 12 days at home so stayed with Peggy and Charlie, Karl’s mum and dad for the last few days so had some quality time with all the Cafferty’s.
Ally and Aimee, Karl’s sisters were around so had a lovely time catching up with them. I say Karl’s sisters but they really are like my sisters, I couldn’t have asked for better in laws.
We arrived back to Jersey on 9th April and I had excruciating pain, it was so awful I had to call Hospice in the middle of the night. I suspected that on top of the excruciating cancer pain I had a fracture so asked if they could do an X-ray.
They got me in first thing the following morning for an X-ray and CT scan and confirmed I had a fracture right around the area where my primary tumour is in lower part of my femur just right above my knee. They think I either jolted it or the tumour has been pushing against the bone so it’s caused it to crack.
I was sent to the fracture clinic the following day to discuss what could be done.
I was due to go to Glasgow to start Radiotherapy treatment for pain management the following week so they had to make a call on whether they should do surgery first to stabilise the fracture with pins and a plate or to send to to Glasgow for radiation.
A couple of the doctors discussed my case and decided it was best for me to have the radiotherapy first and then discuss surgery when I got back.
My doctors in Jersey are amazing, I really couldn’t ask for anything more than they give and I am very thankful to be under their care.
We are currently in Glasgow and I’ve had a week of radiation on my knee area and hip. I haven’t noticed any improvement with pain yet but they have said it could take some time so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
We requested to come to Glasgow so we could stay with Karl’s other sister Darina, her husband Dario and they have a little girl, Freya, so it’s lovely for Maya to spend some time with her cousin and it’s great to stay with them and not have to be in another hotel.
Life is a constant struggle every day. I’m on two crutches all the time so I can’t really do anything for myself which is so frustrating. Karl’s had to take lots of time off work to be with me so we have mounting bills and very little income at the moment.
The pain means I’m awake most of the night, I feel like I’m always tired and even when I do sleep I’m still tired as the painkillers I’m taking are so strong they make me very drowsy and sleepy.
I can’t drive at the moment so I’m constantly relying on someone, usually Karl, to bring me to all my appointments and for various treatments I’ve been having.
I can’t lift Maya, I can’t get on the floor to play with her, basically it’s impossible to in-gage in any physical activity with her. I’m so jealous sometimes of other mums who can just sit on the floor with their babies, or who can run around the garden with them but I also know I am so so blessed that she came into my life, she is my little angel and she makes me smile even when I feel like crying.
I do try to just get on with life and the things I have to do. I tend to put on a brave face and just get on with things but the reality is, it’s hard, really hard. Not just on me but on us, as a family.
Karl has taken on the role of my carer and that’s a very difficult and stressful thing to have happen in a relationship when we are both so young and I’ve always been such an independent person. I’m so thankful I have Karl in my life, he’s the most wonderful husband and I think if I didn’t have Karl and Maya by my side every day, I’m not sure I would have the same fight in me to get better.
Although I’m going through the most horrific time, I am so thankful and happy for all I do have in my life.
The good friends I have are not just friends, they are family to me.
I will never know how to thank everyone that has supported me and continues to do so. I am so lucky that I have the opportunity to have these treatments in Mexico and I’ll do everything I can to fight for my life.
I've been a little bit quiet recently. Just wanted to pop by and say hello and thank everyone for the messages, love, support and financial donations. Your help is so very much appreciated.
We have had family staying with us and I have been trying to get my head around the masses of information being shared with me whilst also being a wife to Karl and a momma to my beautiful baby girl - who has started walking! It's been a lovely time seeing those first steps and getting her first shoes.
I've had some test results back from a company called Oncologica last week - they completed the Oncofocus test which identifies genetic mutations specific to an individuals tumour and generates a personalised genetic profile.
The objective was to find out if one of these could help cure or treat my cancer. Sadly there was not one match. It's was truly upsetting to see those results come back.
I also had a meeting with my Jersey oncologist to discuss some options. Mainly palliative care options but some mention of trials that I could be put forward for in London and LA. I am hoping to find out more about these in the next week or so. My next scan was also confirmed for September 25th.
In the background we have been pushing ahead with researching a private clinic in Germany. They will be doing some testing on my biopsy that they have requested from Birmingham. We are hoping to get some positive news from them and hopefully we can push on with treatment.
I have tried to remain so positive and battle through each week but with each knock back it's shaken me a bit. I am scared to get my hopes up.
The tests alone, without treatment, in UK and Germany are costing over £20,000 so this would not be possible without your very generous donations.
I'll keep you all posted on where we go next and what's decided
Thank you all again for your continued support. I am so thankful and grateful to each and everyone of you.
Lots of love
Every single day that I have with my beautiful baby girl and my amazing husband Karl, is another day I'm thankful for.
Although I have this horrible disease I'm so thankful for all the wonderful people around me, with all the horrible things going on in the world, this whole experience has made me see so much good in people. Lots of love, Laura xxx
Hi, I've done a lot of research into potential cures or things that can either hold back or kill cancer, as my mum had it and the doctors stopped treatment. Curcumin kills cancer cells and is as effective as FOLFOX Chemo, but with no side effects. Have a read of these: Curcumin vs LMS https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23532091 Curcumin and EGCG vs LMS https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22350026 Some other studies listed here: http://www.donnieyance.com/current-research-botanicals-cancer/ I regularly take this curcumin, as it's high bioavailability, in women it's 277x more bioavalable than standard curcumin extract. There are no side effects. You can take much bigger dosage than the maintenance dosage on the packet. https://www.healthspan.co.uk/products/opti-turmeric#/?pack size=60 Piperine furter increases the bioavailability of curcumin. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9619120 Another option might be gene editing. http://guardian.ng/features/two-children-remain-cancer-free-for-18-months-after-gene-editing-therapy/ I really hope the help. John
Thanks so much to every one that has donated to Laura's page, we are so greatful, Laura deserves a chance to rear her beautiful daughter and Karl deserves to have his wife by his side for a long time to come (even if she nags now and again!!)