The story so far…
“Well, Mrs Ashton, we have a 50/50 chance of curing you…”
Those were the words that came from Professor Stebbings, my new oncologist’s, mouth on Wednesday.
Good news I guess? Better than the outlook in January, where there were no odds to give. Back then I had a number of weeks to say my goodbyes and plan my funeral.
So, my next question, what’s the plan? At the minute it’s to try and shrink the tumour to a operable size, then try and remove it. No guarantees, but we have a chance, and that’s good enough for me!
In the next few weeks I will start a new course of chemotherapy. Bye bye hair, hello sickness… Hey, what else am I going to do with my time?
Secondly, in depth, state of the art genetic testing to try and find out what gene has caused the cancer. If this can be done, a clear and direct attempt can be made at fighting it with new, innovative and custom made drugs (obviously this is where the £££ comes in). Thankfully having the fund has enabled me to have all of this testing done already and the results are being correlated at Harvard University, US, and should be back to us in about 3 weeks.
Immunotherapy is still possibly part of the treatment plan, however, firstly the doctors need to find the gene to then find the best form of treatment. Something that may or may not be possible. This is where your hope and prayers are still very much needed! This is all brand new stuff. I really do have a ticking time bomb inside of me, but the longer I can hold on, the more chance I have of science evolving enough to establish an effective treatment.
Yet again, it comes down to money. Due to the NHS ‘won’t pay for any of the testing or treatment’ attitude, we are counting our blessings for this fund. What each and every one of you has done, is to keep everything a possibility. I can now walk into each of my appointments at Harley Street, London, with my head held high and know that what ever they suggest as the best course of action, we can now say “yes please when can we start?”. This is a great feeling 🙂
So… we keep going, we keep fighting, remain positive and get as fit and healthy as possible to get through this and that’s exactly what I’m doing.
I’m on a vegan/alkaline diet, only drinking alkaline water. I have acupuncture, physiotherapy, reiki, hypnotherapy and counselling every week to ensure my body and mind are ready for the treatments that are to come over the next few months.
This whole process is evolving all the time, dependent on what the doctors find and developments in cancer treatment, this then effects my every move; something Jess and I find very hard, as we can not plan from one day to the next. Just take it an hour at a time is our family mantra!
I will keep you as up to date as possible with all of our progress, and thanks again to each and every one of you.