My Best Friend & Role Model
**PLEASE CLICK ON "UPDATES" TAB ABOVE TO READ LATEST UPDATE as the total required has now increased**
My name is Nitasha and I’m 17. My teacher recently asked us to talk about our role models. Classmates started to discuss their favourite celebrities, but for me there was only one answer. My role model is my mother, Yasmin.
When I was 8, our world was turned upside down as my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctors removed the lump and put her on chemo, the effects on her body and face were awful - I barely recognized her. She was then diagnosed with spine cancer and it has now also spread to her liver.
To make matters even worse, my dad left us during this difficult time and divorced my mother.
She had an operation 6 months ago and more chemo which left her bed-ridden, but the tumour is now back and growing, despite the best efforts of her consultant and the nurses. She's sadly now been told she only has 2 years to live.
She has gone through so much yet still keeps me happy - all she wants is for me to have a good life. I would be lost without her. She could have given up but keeps fighting and is a true inspiration, always smiling through the pain and never complaining. She is my role model and will be for as long as I live.
The only option left for her now in the UK is to start chemo again, but this hasn’t worked. After looking into all options, we found a renowned clinic in Germany offering immunotherapy which has worked for so many. It isn’t available in the UK and is our last hope to beat the cancer.
The biopsy and tests in Germany will cost £25,960. If you can please help in ANY WAY we would appreciate it so much, it is something we simply can’t afford ourselves. Even sharing this page will cost nothing and only takes a few seconds - I've read that each Facebook share can on average add £10.
Thank you so so much from the bottom of my heart for reading my story. It has been very tough for me to put this into words.
I can't bear to see my mother go through this - to know there is treatment available outside the UK which can help her gives us so much hope.
All I want is for my mother to be around to see me grow up and for her to not suffer any more – please help us in any way you can, as time is running out xx
Beneficiary - Aqueel Ahmed (my brother, Yasmin's son)
I would once again like to start by thanking each of you for your continued support and well wishes. With your help my mother was able to go to Germany again for her latest round of treatment.
Unfortunately due to suffering from various seasonal illnesses during the last couple of months her travel to Germany was delayed but, having recovered, she managed to attend the Hallwang clinic and came back recently.
My mother and I would like to thank you for all your generous support that allowed her to go again. She returned with a far more positive outlook, she has so much more energy and physically seems more well.
Her consultant in the UK has also commented on this when examining my mother's recent scan results.
This is great news and the treatment is making a real difference. We just hope we're able to continue with her treatment which we can only do with your help, be it through donating, spreading the word or sharing the go fund me page.
Please may I ask that you continue to help in whatever way you can, many thanks, Nitasha x
She wanted to say a personal thank you to each and every one of you for everything you have done for her. She is so grateful for all your support and has gained strength she never knew she had thanks to the amazing response from you all.
Following the results of her scans, we have now been given a 6 month immunotherapy treatment plan by the Hallwang Clinic in Germany. The next 6 months are quite intensive and incur the highest costs as there will be a few visits to Germany.
As stated in the previous update, we expected the total amount required to increase. We now require an additional £149,000 for the next 6 months of treatments, so the total on this page is being increased to £247,780.
My mother will also need to take medication alongside the immunotherapy treatment for the next 6 months. We are currently trying to get this for her through the NHS, but if we are unable to then she will need to go private for this which will cost £63,000 over 6 months. So this may need to be added to the total required in the coming weeks.
We feel blessed that we have managed to get this far, and my mother and I have been truly blown away by your generosity, thoughts, prayers and kind words. And I am confident we can continue this push to get my mother this treatment. Her next round of treatment is scheduled to be in a few weeks, so please support us in continuing to get the help that could save my mother's life.
Thank you so much once again and I will continue to update you on her progress.
- Nitasha and Yasmin xx
The total figure that now needs to be raised is £98,780 so I have increased the total required on this page. We have already raised £72,900 of this amount - this is thanks to all of you who have so kindly supported us, plus extra money this week from generous offline donors. We now need another £25,880 for her treatment to start.
Unfortunately, in order to avoid additional costs (from additional medication or repeating scans/biopsy) and for the treatment to be effective, it needs to start NEXT THURSDAY 3rd August.
Following this initial treatment phase we expect there to be more but do not yet know the timescales and costs for this. It all depends on this initial treatment and how my mother's body reacts and so on.
We are reaching out once again for you to please do anything you can to help us - and please share this again among your friends and family. We were blown away by how far and wide you all managed to spread our message last time. And we are now asking you to please do this again, as your actions can have an incredible impact.
Thank you once again.
So, if you are considering donating but haven't done so as of yet, please do not hesitate and also please continue to spread the word on social media as you have so kindly been doing. We have contacted the clinic in Germany and are in the process of making arrangements - we will of course keep you posted on my mother's progress. Again, we can't thank you all enough for your continued support and prayers.
My mother would also like to let everyone know that she has been remembering all the donors and everyone who has helped spread the word in her prayers. She is humbled by the amazing response and comments.
And just to keep you informed, there has been a technical issue with the website resulting in the total going down slightly, but gofundme have said they are investigating and will rectify this asap
- Nitasha xx